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12:00 PM, Aug 5, 2013   |    comments
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The 116th Air Control Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard got some hands-on water survival training for the first time from the Army National Guard.

The training kicked off Sunday morning where a helicopter crew consisting of a pilot, co-pilot and crew chief circled parts of Lake Tobesofkee.

There was a boat crew on hand as the Black Hawk MEDIVAC helicopter hovers over someone in the water before pulling them up from the Lake and bringing them to safety.

"We simulate a lot of things, and nothing of course is as good as the real thing. You can practice, you can take classes, you can watch videos, nothing really prepares you like doing the real thing," said Lt. Col. Bill Bohnstedt.

"Just the fact that it's an actual real body of water and just gives a little reality to the training exercise," said 1stLt. Alfredo Matos.

Most of this teams water safety training has been in swimming pools, but they say there's nothing quite like using training in a more real-life setting.

"The training at the pool we try to simulate it with the fire hose which as you can imagine is a lot of water, but even the fire hose doesn't equal the amount of wind and water coming off the surface of the lake coming off a real helicopter," said Bohnstedt.

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