KBIC To Aid Marquette Water Rescue Efforts

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Baraga, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is providing new robotic lifesaving equipment to first responders in Marquette to enhance their water rescue capabilities.

The Great Lakes Unmanned Systems Center, a subsidiary of the KBIC’s economic development corporation, is delivering two Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard Emergency Rescue Systems to the Marquette City Fire Department and DNR officials who manage Little Presque Isle.

KBIC officials say they are giving the over $20,000 worth of equipment and training in response to the drowning deaths of two people in June at Little Presque Isle.

The system is a 4-ft long remote controlled buoy that can cruise through rip-currents and heavy waves at speeds up to 22 mph to reach distressed swimmers.