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An inside look at swiftwater rescue training

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WARE SHOALS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

If this summer has brought anything to the area, it's been rain - and plenty of it.

Over the past month especially, areas have seen flooding that has stretched far and wide across the Upstate and western North Carolina.

For crews in Laurens County, the weather this summer has been reason enough for their rescue crews to participate in swiftwater rescue training.

Friday night, crews from across Laurens County took part in the training out on the Saluda River, where they learned proper rescue techniques.

Crews say the reason for this training is clear - water rescues can happen any time and anywhere, and they have to be ready.

"The training is of the utmost importance just for safety reasons.  This was formed after we had numerous drownings, as well as rescues, and we didn't have the capabilities at the time to combat that," said Matthew Hughes, assistant chief of the West Laurens Fire Dept.

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