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.