It throws like a Frisbee but is a lifesaving tool and not a toy. Its called the Frisbouy and with an 80 foot line attached it can be used for an ice rescue.
The Sarpy County Sheriff's office purchased 40 of them for cruisers. Sheriff Jeff Davis said, "If you call for a cruiser those guys certainly don't feel helpless if they got an object they can throw to you to save your life."
Sheriff Davis knows what its like to be tossed a life line. About five years ago he fell threw the ice on a Sarpy County lake.
Davis was off-duty and hunting when he dropped a bird on the ice. He ventured out to retrieve it but almost became a dead duck.
Davis said "It was stupid. I remember hearing the cracking and if I lay down and crawl or try to dive under the ice maybe I could make it out."
Luckily friends heard him calling for help and a rope was found nearby to pull the Sheriff from the icy water. Davis said from that day forward he's been trying to get the word out about safety on the ice.
Now he has all his deputies training on how to throw the Frisbouy. Davis said, "If you can throw a Frisbee you can throw one of these."
The Frisbouy has an 80 foot line and also works as a floatation device. A victim can put it under their chest.
The bulk purchase of 40 Frisbouys cost $20 each for taxpayers. Davis believes the equipment is well worth it.