|Published:||Sep 09, 2013 12:48 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 09, 2013 4:53 PM EDT|
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Charlotte County firefighters are practicing swift water rescue training after all the recent flooding.
This weekend, a mother and daughter had to be saved from Prairie Creek, off Highway 17, when their kayaks overturned, leaving them clinging to a tree.
Firefighters were able to pull them into the rescue boat, and the pair was released without needing any medical care.
Monday, marine units returned to the rescue site to brush up on navigating fast-moving water, which crews say can become more dangerous with flooding. Firefighters say they have to be aware of currents flowing in places they usually do not, different obstacles like tree branches in the water, and animals.