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Registration open for Cajun Navy Relief rescue training exercise

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LAFAYETTE, La. - Cajun Navy Relief announced Tuesday that it will hold a one-day rescue training exercise on April 7.

Search and Rescue Games will be held in Henderson Bay and will implement the software used during actual natural disaster rescue scenarios and train onshore dispatchers and rescue teams in the water on how to locate those in need of help and return those rescuees to a safe space.

"Disaster situations often force us to try and train rescue teams and dispatchers in a very hurried manner, with lives on the line,"  said Shawn Boudreaux, Cajun Navy Relief Chairman of the Board. With hurricane season rapidly approaching, we decided to hold a competition style training in the Atchafalaya Basin to work with rescue teams on the GPS software, create real-life scenarios, where they must find flags, representing persons needing rescue, then return them back to base camp. We will simulate how many people can be rescued in one run and the boats must work with their dispatcher to be efficient and safe. Seconds matter when disaster strikes and we want to be as ready as possible to do our part."

Boats and dispatchers wanting to participate in the Search and Rescue Games can register at cajunnavyreleif.com. There is a limited number of boats that can participate, so interested rescuers are encouraged to sign up today.

Cajun Navy Relief is a federally recognized 501(c)3 organization. More information about them can be found at cajunnavyrelief.com and at facebook.com/cajunnavyrelief.

For more information, contact Amy Jones at 337.303.7119 or by email at amy@burningstickcreative.com.

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