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Four-year-old drowns in Ninilchik

...Alaska State Troopers.Troopers say that the boy was playing in the harbor unsupervised and was not wearing a personal flotation device. His parents were unloading gear from a fishing vessel. When they realized he was not with his siblings...
What's happening this week, July 8-14

...Nickerson will cover canoe safety, re-boarding, man-overboard recovery, cold-water safety and survival, personal flotation devices (PFDs), radio distress calls (MAYDAYs), distress signals, the Seven Steps to Survival, the Stay Rules...
Free safety workshop for commercial fishermen

...survival skills, emergency radio beacons, maydays, man-overboard recovery, fire fighting, immersion suits, personal flotation devices, emergency drills, helicopter rescue, life rafts and abandon ship procedures.The workshop meets the training...
Alaska Editorial: Making good decisions on the water

...unsuccessful, but there are six people who lived to fish another day.Thankfully, all six people were wearing personal flotation devices. A life jacket doesn't guarantee survival, not in the Kenai River's cold waters and dangerous currents...
Fire departments have 3-day water rescue exercise

...the docks he covered issues from tying up boats with a cleat hitch for quick release to selecting the right personal flotation device for rescue work to communications to boat handling and actual wet rescue scenarios and methods in the river...
Good Samaritans helped rescue injured boater

...couple eased up alongside the person, they feared the worst. They said he wasn't wearing a life jacket or personal flotation device, and his head was not propped up. He must have been underwater for several minutes, and he also had a deep...
Soldotna man honored for 2000 rescue of woman trying to drown herself in river

...jumped 30 feet down to the river. Her windbreaker, however, filled with air. Humpage thought it might be a personal flotation device, or a dummy, or someone who had jumped and intended to swim. "We thought it was someone playing a joke...
Many variables play into dipnetting

...worst-case scenario of a dipnetter drowning. To be safe, some dipnetters opt to wear life jackets and keep personal flotation devices readily available. How to use a dipnet Once the right net is picked out, the next thing to know is how to...
Man, son, dog rescued from raft

...registered beacon; they had survival suits; and they had a life raft ready to be used. Even the dog had a personal flotation device, said Petty Officer Christopher Grisafe.
An old idea that will save your life

...old idea - the life jacket or PFD. Now in this case, a PFD is not our annual windfall from the state, but a personal flotation device. Compared to other states, Alaska ranks near or at the bottom in boater fatalities. Many people attribute...


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