GREENWICH, Conn. -- An ice-fishing hole on frozen Lake Erie was the ideal training ground for Officer Joe Turcsanyi of the Greenwich Marine Police to prepare for cold water rescues.
On Dec. 7, he will be in a slightly less chilly environment as he participates in a cold-water rescue demonstration at the Seaside Center.
He will show off some of what he learned at Greenwich Point Park for the First Sunday Science at the center from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Turcsanyi will be joined by fellow officers from Greenwich Marine Police for the talk and cold-water rescue demonstration. Greenwich Police are trained in underwater search and rescue as well as surface and underwater ice rescue.
Although water safety is important year-round, cold water can make immersion a life-threatening situation in a short time.
The program will begin inside the Innis Arden Cottage at Greenwich Point Park with a 30-minute talk about the challenges of water safety and rescues in winter. The officers will then go outside to demonstrate cold water rescue techniques in the waters of Long Island Sound.
The public is invited to try out equipment such as throw ropes, hooks and even the special suits that rescuers need to safely perform as emergency responders. The hands-on program, organized by the Bruce Museum and Greenwich Shellfish Commission, is free and appropriate for all ages.
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