Volunteers take water rescue training

County fire and rescue volunteers have been training in water rescue this spring and summer through SCC after Hurricane Matthew caused several dangerous rescues in October. Saturday, fire and rescue members trained in the county’s new dry suits, PFDs and rescue rope “throw bags.” The county has applied for grants to equip four water rescue teams with specialized boats, motors and other gear to be better prepared for future water rescues. In this photo, Callie Ezzell, Edwin Ezzell, Wesley Varnadore and Marquise Blanks are in the water with instructor Lee Hester, left.

Marquise Blanks enjoys his time in the water.

Shay Rogers is pulled to the shore with a rescue rope.