Wounded children, a shocked grandfather and a lifeless person in Starnberg Lake

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During the exercise, the water rescue service prepares a person for transfer to the emergency boat. © Wasserwacht Starnberg

Starnberg – Four children, some of them seriously injured, next to them a visibly shocked grandfather, on the edge of the pier another overturned five-liter gas bottle. A lifeless body floats in the water a few meters away. Such is the situation on the bathing bridge at the Starnberg lake promenade.

Not an easy task for the Starnberg Rescue Service to master. Luckily, it’s just an exercise she recently did with Landshut’s water rescue service. But eventually she was called to a task.

Several boats from the water rescue service arrive quickly and begin to take care of the injured. An unconscious child must be revived. It quickly turns out that the group wanted a cozy barbecue when the grill exploded. Other helpers take care of the lifeless person floating in the water. She jumped or apparently fell into the water after the explosion and floated unconscious away.

What happens when rescue workers are stuck in traffic?

The rescuers are not in sight of support from the land side – a traffic jam prevents other rescue workers from advancing. The wounded must be brought by boat to the water rescue station in Percha. The land rescue service is waiting there.

During the exercise at Starnberg Lake, the patient is brought up on the boat from the jetty while the divers prepare for the mission.
During the exercise at Starnberg Lake, the patient is brought up on the boat from the jetty while the divers prepare for the mission. © Wasserwacht Starnberg

Meanwhile, it becomes known: the group was eight. So the lifeguards need to restructure. Divers prepare, two boats search the area for other people who may have gone under. After some time, the two missing persons were also found on the bottom and brought on board, where they were also driven to the rescue station with ongoing resuscitation.

Worried passers-by during the lifeguard exercise

The scenario was observed by Markus Bucher, chairman of Starnberg’s water rescue service. He was able to reassure worried passers-by and also explain why two of the four lifeboats used bore the inscription “Landshut Rescue Service”: It was an exercise from Starnberg and Landshut Rescue Services.

The switch was created during stand-up paddling

The delegation from Lower Bavaria visited Lake Starnberg for a weekend to practice in a foreign body of water. The contact came about when two women from Landshut left Perca last summer for stand-up paddling and discovered the lifeguard station there. After an initial conversation, this joint exercise weekend was agreed, which was then discussed in more detail in several video conferences.

The large-scale exercise of the Starnberg water rescue service has been completed.  From now on, she will take over the security service at Starnberg Lake on weekends and public holidays.
The large-scale exercise of the Starnberg water rescue service has been completed. From now on, she will take over the security service at Starnberg Lake on weekends and public holidays. © Wasserwacht Starnberg

The first thing on Saturday was to get to know the different equipment. Although both lifeguards have basically the same level of education, the actual areas of application are fundamentally different. While the Starnberg water rescue service passes Starnberg Bay and, with rare exceptions, travels on stagnant water in the Five Lakes Region, the main operation of the comrades in and around Landshut consists of a flowing water with Isar. Some of the equipment is similarly different. The divers from the Landshut local group took advantage of the fact that Lake Starnberg is in many places significantly deeper than their usual waters and went to various diving stations.

Much of the exercise goes smoothly

Sunday was dedicated to training. The alarm went off around 10 a.m. Then everything happened very quickly. The rescuers routinely handled the scenario as if they had always worked together. After the exercise, some points were taken up again in a debriefing – there are always opportunities for optimization, even though the majority of the exercise went as smoothly as it did that day.

And suddenly it gets serious for the water rescue service Starnberg

And then it came after all this weekend – the alarm to Starnberg water rescue service. Fortunately, only a so-called first responder action in support of the rescue service on land. A team of Starnberg lifeguards responded with the emergency vehicle, while the rest of the team and visitors again made their way to the King Ludwig Memorial Cross in front of the votive chapel near Leoni. Sightseeing should not be neglected in such a training weekend.

Prepared for the primeval season on “Percha Beach”

The lifeguards in Starnberg water rescue service are thus well equipped for the coming rescue season. The hiking station at “Percha Strand” is staffed every Saturday and Sunday as well as on public holidays from the weekend. The helpers are available in May from 10 am and from June onwards from 9 am for on-site assistance. Outside these hours, the volunteers are always on duty and can be alerted via the emergency number 112. (kb)

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