Marco Island Fire Rescue performed Surface and Dive rescue training on August 12, 2010 in the canal on the Marco Healthcare property. The training included the surface rescue of a victim utilizing personnel to swim out to a distressed swimmer on the water surface and using a rescue tube to bring victim to the seawall.
The second portion of the training was deployed
simultaneously while the surface rescue was taking place, deploying 3 divers in the water to perform dive rescue sweep patterns to locate a drowning victim on the bottom of a canal in approx 20 ft of water. Divers utilized the sweep patterns using line tending signals from the land based line tenders. The line tenders also utilized a communication system which is a wireless system from the line tender to the diver, directing them to search a specific area with direct communications underwater.