By: Jillian Wilson
A simple throw bag can help save a life. All you need is a few simple household items.
"Last year was one of the most horrific years we had on the river," says Robin Priestly, Flotilla Commander.
Now Robin Priestly from the US Coast Guard is doing something about it.
He's teaching Quad Citians how to make a 'throw bag'.
"It gives the victim a lifeline and that lifeline does 2 things. 1 it provides immediate aid to the person in the water and the other thing it does is it keeps you, the rescuer on line, so long as you're on land you're safe," says priestly.
So how do you make the throw bag?
First you'll need a jug, a line, and a sponge.
Screw a whole in the jug.
Carve a portion out of the jug.
Put the sponge in the jug.
Loop the line through.
"By having the line an 8th inch to a quarter inch line, braided nylon line is more than adequate to pull any size human out of the water," says priestly.
Now you can use the bag to rescue someone in the water
"I take our freshly made throw bag, put the loop around my other hand and now I say, don't worry sir or Madame, I'm here to help, I throw it under hand and all we have to do is pull them in."
Eighty percent of all drowning's occur within ten feet of land. So be sure to keep the throw bag handy in your car, boat or RV.
It's a cheap way to save a life.
"If they had a throw bag and used it, I think we could have saved most of those people," says priestly.
If you want to learn more about water safety you can take a class at the Rock Island Arsenal.