Frisbee-style discs to aid in water rescues


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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