USCG holds annual water safety training at Bryant Park
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City tested out their wet suits during their annual wet drill survival training Wednesday at Bryant Park.
According to the Coast Guard, the water temperature for Lake Michigan is in the 40s, which means you have between 30 and 60 minutes before hypothermia sets in.
During the event attendees learned first aid, fire starting and water survival.
The use of emergency equipment, including flares and flotation devices, was also practiced.
"These are all tools that you hope you never have to need but when you do need them as good to know what to do with the tools that you've got," said Lt. Erin Nolan with the USCG Air Station Traverse City. "It will give you the skills that you need to keep yourself safe until you get help."
The Coast Guard said this is a great way to keep their skills and make sure their equipment is intact.