Monday, October 05, 2015

U.S. Coast Guard rescue Manasquan inlet...

The United States Coast Guard performed a onsite rescue of the operator of a personal watercratft "Jet-Ski" while on a training mission. The helicopter crew was offshore and upon approaching the Manasquan Inlet observed the water craft on the inlet rocks and then spotted the operator in the water...

Point Pleasant First-aid Rescue Dive Team had divers and members ready at the first-aid building equipped and ready to respond if needed...


Wednesday, July 08, 2015

"Jetty Training" with Life Guards and other Crews....

Thursday was the dive team’s drill with the first aiders and the life guards doing searches and recovery of people lost or hurt on the jetty or in the water and this is something we try to do every year.  With new life guards and first aiders, it is something that needs to be done before the summer season.

    Everyone is broken up in to small teams and search the jetty looking for lost or injured people and when found they get to help the first aiders recover and remove them from the jetty. It sounds easy but going up and down the jetty with someone on a back board is anything but easy with the many deep holes and slippery rocks. Learning to work together is what this drill is all about.

   This year the victims were deep in the jetty and in spots that took many rescuers to do the recovery. The scenarios used were based on past events that have happened on the jetty.  The divers were there as team leaders and safety backups for the search teams and also to teach the new people search and recovery techniques. Senior first aiders stayed back and let the new members do what needed to be done and keeping an eye on everyone to see that it is done right.

    The five victims were recovered and removed from the jetty and all with no one being injured. This was just the first part of the training for the life guards, the following week they were at the first aid building learning about putting victims on back boards and some basic first aid.

   This training pays off when we have first aid calls on the beach, the life guards are there first and start getting the victims ready for us. It all comes down to team work. Police, fire, life guards, first aid and dive team all working together.

   We all hope for a safe summer season, but we are ready if it is not!


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Jetty Training....

Sunday was the dive teams monthly drill and we hit the jetty for some search training. We have the jetty drill later this month with the life guards and the first aid so a little tune up for the divers was a good thing, and got some hands on training in what they will be using down in the rocks.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dive Team on the road...

Members of the Dive Team once again made the trip down to Harrisonburg Virginia for the 2015 bottle show of the Historical Bottle Diggers of VA where they once again took 1st place for "Best of Show" and "Most Educational".....

Chet, Sue, and Joe put together a very impressive display and manned the location the entire six hours of the show and was busy with people attending the show the entire time. This is the third year that the team has submitted a display and numerous people returned to visit and discuss the teams actions...

With the bottle show being the main reason for the trip, the Dive Team members were also able to get some "Recreation" in with one day visiting the tunnel at Afton that was 1835-60 era and was used by Stonewall Jackson to move troops during the Civil War....

After that there was some time spent on the river practicing swift water tactics along the way.....

Along the river we stopped at two different Caves and this was the smaller of the two....

Further down river we then visited the larger cave and this time ready with proper gear and lighting. This cave went back approximately 400 to 500 feet and never did make it to the end but Sue did make a great attempt...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Capt. Gavin

There is nothing like a nice warm bed, 5:30 in the morning is no time to be laying there only to hear a call go out for the dive team for a big fishing boat on the beach with people on aboard. Hit the floor and get dress and out the door in minutes.

   We had divers on scene in minutes along with the first aid and fire dept. Not much could be done at that time as we waited for another fishing boat which was suppose to come and try to tow the 77 foot Capt Gavin off the beach. With a strong east north east wind blowing and seas running over six feet that was going to be a very hard thing to do. The fishing boat never showed up and a call went out for a tug to come down from New York. But they too had to turn around due to high seas and high winds.

   So after eight hours on the beach we headed back to the building to get out of our dry suits. We stayed ready to answer the call to go back if anything happened, as the crew of three stayed on board and didn’t want to get off.  The new plan was for a tug to come down the next morning and try again on the next high tide. A bigger tug started down on Thursday morning and hit the same high seas and strong wind like the day before and it too turned around. 

    But all was not lost as the salvage crews used the time to pump out all the fuel on board and lighten the boat by 64000 pounds and used line from shore to hold the ship in place. The team was on hand for a few hours just in case something happened.    With the crew off the boat the team had no more business on the beach. It was all in the hands of Don-Jon and Budget towing.

  The new plan was to wait for Saturday and a change in the weather. Saturday came and you could have not gotten a better day. The seas flatten out the sun was out and it was pretty warm. The tug was there and ready to go. The plan was to turn the boat around so the bow was facing out. With a tow line out to the tug and a line to a front end loader on the beach the boat was turned and was ready to tow away. But by the time it was all done and ready the tide had dropped and the tow had to be put on hold until Sunday.

     But salvage crew didn’t wait for Sunday they pulled the Capt Gavin off the beach on the next tide high which was a little after midnight and also the highest tide of the day. Now it’s off the repair yard for the boat.

   A job well done! The boat is off the beach and no one was hurt and no oil in the water.


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Ice Dive ~2015~

Sunday was the Point Pleasant First Aid Dive Teams monthly drill and with all the stories around about kids and trucks going through the ice it was a good time to get the divers ready to in the ice. We don’t always get ice in this area so every time we get ice we get the teams out on it and under it.

   Sunday turned out to be good day for it. We had 5 inches of ice and SNOW! That’s right we started our drill just as it started snowing. Well it’s never a nice day when we get called anyway. So the drill went on.

    We did surface rescues with victims falling in the ice and the rescuers going out to them and getting them out of the water. Going over ice safety and ways to get to the victims and ways to get the victims out of the water was just half the drill, the other half was going under the ice in full dive gear and searching for a lost victim.

   Being under the ice is not for everyone, it is easy to get lost and you just can’t just pop to the surface. You have to be able to find the hole you went in. This is why no divers go in without a line and a tender on that line. The tender can guide the diver using line pulls and search an area looking for a missing victim.

   Our two newest members are half way to be ice diver certified just like the rest of the team. We never know what is going to happen so we have to be ready and that is why we are always out there training! It is better to train and not need it, then to not train and come up short when called!