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Pope Airmen Receive Training To Help Survive In Water Following Crash

Posted July 13, 2001

— Members of the military hope they will never need to use water survival skills, but they train for the worst just in case.

On Friday, airmen at Pope Air Force Base were put through a series of scenario's in case they end up in the water. Pilots and crew members brushed up on how to get out from under a parachute and how to load a raft, even if they are injured.

"The best thing you can do is stay calm," says instructor Sgt. Tom Gibbs. The biggest hinderance they have is getting nervous if they can't do something right. If they stay calm, it makes it easier doing these things."

The airmen are required to go through this refresher course every two years.

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