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Water Rescue Teams

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Rescuers made several river rescues this week, including two teenagers who crashed their car into Yellowstone River and one man had to be saved in a canal. Thanks to water rescuers, no one was seriously injured.

It's a job rescuers say brings an adrenaline rush and is very rewarding.

"We're called the U.S. Water Rescue because we actually go beyond the borders of Montana," said Francisco Soto, a member of the U.S. Water Rescue Dive Team.

The U.S. Water Rescue Dive Team is a private company that the Sheriff and City Police reach out to in case of a water emergency.

"Not all of us get to be police officers. Not all of us get to be firefighters. This is a way for us to be able to do our craft and still help the community," says Soto.

The Water Rescue Dive Team is available for rapid response. Assisting the law enforcement is an adrenaline rush.

Soto says, "I enjoy it and I think I can speak for most of us. We're all kind of adrenaline junkies. You know, we like that rush and also we get to help."

Soto says he is amazed at the situations some people find themselves.

"I would just recommend switching on your common sense. If it's pouring down rain or you're getting a lot of rain within the area, obviously the river is going to rise, the waters are going to become swifter, the current will become much quicker," says Soto. "Don't go alone. Always have someone with you and a way to be contacted. Let somebody know where you are going to be."

Soto and other divers on the U.S. Water Rescue Dive Team are always learning. These rescues are an opportunity to see how well they performed, and critique what they can improve.

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