By Becky Maxedon
Given that Lake Havasu is one of the busiest and most visited lakes in the Southwest, it’s no surprise that local law enforcement and security agencies regularly train in water rescue .
Thursday was no exception. A team of water rescue divers were training in swimming areas ranging from Rotary Community Park to London Bridge Beach to Windsor – Lake Havasu State Park.
sergeant. Kyler Cox of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety and Dive Team Division was on hand for the team’s monthly dive training. MCSO partnered with the Lake Havasu City Police Department for Thursday’s training.
“We do our scuba rescue training every month to keep our skills good and up to snuff,” Cox said.
“This morning we went to Bridgewater Channel and did some mock scenarios there and the bathing areas at London Bridge Beach and the Rotary site.”
Cox said Thursday the group split into three teams and practiced with their own victim.
“Each team trains with its own casualty, which is someone who is in the water and needs to be rescued. Each team has a doll with weights attached. They sink it and then they have to find it.
There are three divers in the water, Cox said, with a dinghy holding a rope that’s essentially a pendulum like a grandfather’s clock that goes back and forth. They keep doing this and they get wider and deeper until the diver finds the “victim”.
“We do a bit of a competition for the fastest team to find the victim,” Cox said.
On Thursday, the winning team was dressed and in the water and brought the victim to the surface in just under four minutes – around five minutes and 53 seconds.
Cox said that didn’t count response time. It starts when they get here and start getting ready.
There were about 20 divers participating in the training on Thursday. The teams repeat the training every month.