Karen Grace dives in with Texas Parks and Wildlife Warden trainees

With hurricane season in full swing, the statewide Texas Game Warden search and rescue team is stepping up its swift water rescue training.

On Wednesday, KENS 5's Karen Grace strapped on rescue gear and joined them in the Comal River for some hands on training.

She knew she was in good hands with Warden Kevin Frasier because he has rescued countless victims. He said while you can't predict the real thing, they don't take their real experiences for granted.

From Rita to Katrina and even the explosion in West Texas, these same Texas Parks and Wildlife Game wardens have responded to many disasters and floods.

We train like we need to perform, said Jason Jones, a member of the search and rescue team near Texarkana. I was deployed out to West, he added. And the Hood tornadoes.

Its like muscle memory, said Jones.

This week's training in New Braunfels is the first ever certification as swift water rescue technicians and instructors.

This was a three day training event, said Captain Jason Davis. As you can see its moving water which can be hard to find during a drought.

As Grace learned first hand, even a well thought out water rescue in a current like this can be scary. Frasier swam to her aid and then both of them were pulled to safety by the team.


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