As a Coast Guard helicopter hovered overhead and a lifeboat bobbed in the waters off Long Beach, Washington, spectators gathered a safe distance away as emergency responders “rescued” seven mock victims during a training exercise Wednesday involving multiple local agencies. Organized by the South Pacific County Technical Rescue Team, the drill went off as planned, from the launch of jet skis into the water to the transport of victims into waiting ambulances. If one of the goals was to achieve realism, it worked — several onlookers could be heard asking each other what happened and expressing words of relief when they were told it was just an exercise.
Photo gallery: Surf rescue drill off Long Beach
Emergency responders “rescue” seven mock victims