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Indiana State Police get new tool
All Indiana State Police Troopers working on the road will be given a new car rescue tool, thanks to one of their own.
Master Trooper Detective Robert May donated 700 resqme tools for the troopers, according to an ISP press release. Resqme tools are designed to break car windows and cut seat belts.
"I found it was the best way to break a car window above and below the water," May said in the press release.
May was on the state police dive team, which specializes in underwater rescues, for 21 years. May along with the dive team began to educate people on getting out of submerged vehicles after he was approached by a grandmother who's grandson drowned in a car.
This then led May to partner with vehicle immersion expert Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht from the University of Manitoba and Laurent Colasse, the inventor of the resqme tool.
If your car goes under water, ISP said you will have about one minute to exit and should take the following steps to help you get out:
- Take or cut off your seatbelt
- Open or break the side windows
- Undo child restraints and get them out oldest to youngest
- Exit though the window, children first.