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Frisbee-style discs to aid in water rescues

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Orange discs resembling Frisbees are now standard equipment in squad cars of Stearns County Sherrff's deputies. The St Cloud Times reports they could be a lifeline to drowning victims.

Stearns County recently spent $3000 for 60 ResQ Discs. The disks attach to a rope with a Velcro strap that attaches to the person throwing the disk. When thrown like a Frisbee into the water, it allows a person in the water to use it to float while the rescuer reels them to safety. It also allows the victim to hang on until a watercraft can get to them.

The discs could help with thin ice rescues as well.

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