The St. Clair County Sheriff Dive Team conducted a practice session Saturday, designed to work on rescuing people caught in a flood situation. The Swift water Rescue Practice was held on Black River near M136 (Beard Road) bridge. This is an area that the dive team and fire departments have been called out in the past to search for trapped or missing canoeists. The landowner gave the team permission and we took advantage of the local water conditions to get some hands on training during the high water. When the river is high and running fast it creates a lot of new hazards. A canoe or boat can be pinned against a tree or branches often trapping people underwater. Team members trained in self rescue techniques learning to recognize the hazards and avoid being pinned in a strainer such as a fallen tree, fence line or other objects hidden under the high water. The force of the current and the cold water create conditions that make rescue and survival difficult. The team also set up a rope system and practiced positioning a rescuer near a trapped victim in order to attempt a rescue.