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Essential Education: Swiftwater Rescue Video Now Available on Youtube

Date: 2014-02-26
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Among the most important swiftwater safety videos you’ll see, and one that did much to educate public safety as well as the public in the early days of swiftwater rescue understanding, is NO WAY OUT, which is now available on youtube.

NO WAY OUT was created in 1993, largely in response to the February 12th 1992 drowning death of a San Fernando Valley 15-year-old named Adam Bischoff, one of dozens of youth who’ve lost their lives in Los Angeles’ concreted waterways. On a rainy day, Bischoff got into the concrete Calabasas Creek. Heavy flows quickly washed him miles downstream, into the Los Angeles River. Despite a heroic L.A. Fire Department mobilization to save him, the boy perished. His body was later recovered in the Sepulveda Basin.

The incident did a great deal to drive awareness of local drowning dangers, and helped spur local emergency responders to create more robust Swift Water Rescue units. The 20-minute NO WAY OUT continues to raise awareness about the seriousness of drowning dangers in urban waterways.

NO WAY OUT was created Nancy J. Rigg, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and frequent 9-1-1 Magazine writer, who in 1980 had lost her fiancé Earl Higgins to the Los Angeles River.  Higgins helped to rescue a youth who had fallen into the river; but in doing so he was swept in himself and drowned.

The tragedy changed the direction of Nancy Rigg’s life. She became a tireless champion of swiftwater rescue programs, drowning victim support, and public education on the dangers of concrete waterways.  Rigg previously created the acclaimed video, DANGER! DEBRIS FLOW, a provocative lesson about the dangers and differences of flash floods and debris flows.

Watch NO WAY OUT Part 1 on youtube

Watch NO WAY OUT Part 2 on youtube

Watch DANGER! DEBRIS FLOW on youtube

For more information on the Drowning Support Network, click here

Further information: read Nancy Rigg’ debris-flow/flood-awareness article When Mud Flows from 9-1-1 magazine, archived from our March 2008 issue.

See our VIDEOS page for more videos relating to emergency services and public safety.

- People, Places & Things/, 2/26/14 


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