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Anchorage Fire Department
Saturday June 24th, 2017 :: 08:00 a.m. AKDT


AFD Training Advisory: Open Water Rescue Training in Cook Inlet Beginning Today

The AFD will be exercising their response plans to a simulated person in distress in Cook Inlet between Kincaid Park and Fire Island for the next three days. The public is advised they may see rescue boats and other rescue water craft in that general vicinity during the training. A buoy will be used to simulate a victim.


The training will be conducted from 2 P.M. to 6 P.M. on Saturday (June 24th), Sunday (June 25th), and Monday (June 26th). This training is to simulate an emergency response by AFD to a person who has attempted walking to Fire Island and became cut off from shore and inundated by rising tidal waters.


As a water safety reminder, the mud flats between Kincaid Park and Fire Island is very hazardous and can be deadly. During very low tides, which will be occurring this weekend, it appears deceptively easy to walk across the silt and mud to Fire Island. The water rises quickly due to the large tidal swing inherent to Cook Inlet and catches people by surprise every year, stranding them on patches of mud or becoming overwhelmed by the rapidly rising cold water. With Cook Inlet water temperatures in the mid-50 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months, hypothermia sets in with incapacitation and the inability to swim in less than 15 minutes.

Anchorage Fire Department
100 E 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-227-9473

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