Search and Rescue team tests out new raft

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Mesa County Search and Rescue brought their newest raft out on the water to practice saving lives Sunday.

The team got a new life saving device from hunting and fishing license funds through the Department of Local Authorities and Affairs.

"It's open on both ends, so we can pull people up through the bottom of it," said Doug Sieckert, a Mesa County Search and Rescue member. "If it capsizes, it's very easy to roll back over."

Team members got suited up for the cold water and practiced saving each other with the raft and boats.

"We're getting out in the middle of the lake and seeing how it can pull people on," Sieckert said. "Just getting used to it in case we need to help somebody who's in trouble."

The new raft can be used on ice as well as land with snow.

Mesa County Search and Rescue is a free service and anybody can call for help year round.

"We're here to help somebody who is having a bad day," Sieckert said. "Either winter, spring, summer, fall, all year round we're there to help."

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