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Emergency crews worked together to perform organized water rescue

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Thursday's water rescue on Park Point Beach was made possible through the help of several emergency responders. 
In total, five rescue boats from various agencies assisted in the effort.

The Duluth fire fighters were first on the scene and were the ones who pulled both victims from the lake. 

According to the Duluth Fire Department, when they arrived on the scene the person who called in the missing pair was able to inform the fire department where the two went into the water and where they disappeared.

After figuring out the location, the Duluth Fire Department immediately launched rescue boats and began searching the waters. 
 

Assistant Fire Chief Erik Simonson says a big part of this is figuring out the currents of the Lake.
The direction of the currents helps them determine which way a person may have been pulled.

In this case, the currents were moving back toward the Duluth Lift Bridge so emergency crews worked their way down the beach.

The Duluth Fire Department boat searched the area closer to the shoreline while the Coast Guard and St. Louis County combed the waters.

Simonson says the rescues look incredibly chaotic but its actually very organized.  


"We try to go back and forth as many times as you can. Just covering as much ground as we can. But there's a system to it and basically following the currents where they might take somebody," said Simonson. 

The Duluth Fire Department rescue boat capsized after throwing two firemen over into to the wild waters. 

Another fire fighter attempted to help the two men who fell off their boat and ended up taking on a lot of water.

The unknown man was sent to Essentia Health for further evaluation and his condition is unknown at this time. 

The Duluth Fire Department says they cannot stress enough the how important it is to be aware of the rip tide conditions.

Simonson goes on to say that.no one can out swim those currents and it's not worth the risk to swim in dangerous waters. 


 

 

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