NYPD Specialized Units Hold Rescue Drill For Beach Season
Police launches work the area around where a suspected submersion has taken place. Drill was held at Beach 108 Street at about 10 a.m. on Thursday, drawing lots of locals who thought it was the real thing. A personal watercraft from the Emergency Services Unit (ESU) tows a “victim” towards shore. Police officials watch the drill from the shoreline. Aviation 14 works the area, looking for a body in the water. The Aviation Unit’s helicopter drops a rescue basket to a diver who is already in the water. The victim would be placed in the basket and brought to the nearest hospital. The ESU watercraft with a victim in tow roars through the surf. The victim is carried to shore where an ambulance waited. ESU instructor Dave Norman, who once worked in the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway, trains local officers in how to handle a drowning situation.