On our new Swift Water Rescue episode of Chasing Frames, I spent time on a COLD and very FAST-MOVING river, joining elite first responders who train for a specialized, and very risky, form of rescue. They save others in swift-moving water emergencies.

Photo by Tamara Lackey – Episode 03 – Swift Water Rescue

As I experienced some of what they do, photographing them while in action, I heard remarkable stories.

One story that struck me the most was a team on night rescue after a massive hurricane on the North Carolina coast. They had already swept the area. They decided to do one more check of the evacuated neighborhood using their night vision goggles. As a result, they noticed a tiny glint of light. They went over to investigate and found an older woman, shivering in chest deep water. She had pushed her flip phone up against the window in a last ditch effort to get help.

Due to the dim light from her dying phone it was just enough to attract the trained eye of one of her rescuers. They saved her life that night.

Photo by Tamara Lackey – Episode 03 – Swift Water Rescue

Each year, the U.S. experiences an increasing number of hurricanes, flood waters and flash flood road emergencies. This intense rescue training is becoming even more important as radical weather-related emergencies become increasingly more common.

Photo by Tamara Lackey – Chasing Frames Episode 03

Check out this Chasing Frames Show episode now – and you can tune into PBS/Public Media NC UNC-TV to see our show Thursday night, with a new episode airing on broadcast each week.

Photo by Tamara Lackey – Episode 03 – Swift Water Rescue

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Photo by Tamara Lackey – Chasing Frames Episode 03

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