ST. CLOUD (AP) - A simple device that looks a bit like a Frisbee could be saving the lives of potential drowning victims in Stearns County this summer.

The county recently outfitted its sheriff's deputies with 60 ResQ disks. They are attached to a rope with a Velcro strap that attaches to the person throwing the disk.

The idea is to fling the disk like a Frisbee into the water toward a person in trouble. The person can use the disk to help float while their rescuer reels them to safety.

Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold says the disks would have come in handy several times last year.