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Nancy J. Rigg

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Email: n***@***.org

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8 Pelham Rd

Asheville, North Carolina 28803

United States

Company Description

The Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards honor outstanding achievement in the technical rescue discipline of swiftwater and flood rescue. They are not heroism awards, but rather recognize preparedness, teamwork, and a job well done, often under extreme con ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Specialist Water Rescue

National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue


Langley Foundation

Drowning Support Network

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Award-winning author and documentary filmmaker Nancy J. Rigg has campaigned tirelessly worldwide to ensure that rescue personnel have the equipment and training needed to handle dangerous swiftwater and flood rescue operations. In addition to articles published in fire-rescue journals, magazines, and newspapers, Rigg has produced and appeared in documentary programs for the Discovery Channel, Public Television, BBC, and other news and information outlets. She facilitates an online memoir writing group for the Story Circle Network; moderates information and support websites for swiftwater rescue personnel, the SwiftH20-News, and for families who have lost loved ones to drowning, the Drowning Support Network; and serves on the Board of Directors of the Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards in Swiftwater Rescue. Visit Nancy at

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Barbara Leibovitz, Producer; Jaime Hellman, Writer/Director; Nancy J. Rigg, Associate Producer

With haunting music by Dougie MacLean, this brief, emotionally-charged DVD, by award-winning documentary filmmaker Nancy Rigg, is a visual anthem to swiftwater rescue.

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by Nancy J. Rigg

Contact: Nancy J. Rigg

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30 years ago the paths of James Ventrillo and Nancy Rigg literally crossed at the Los Angeles River.

Nancy and her fiancé, Earl Higgins, were taking a walk across a footbridge that spanned the river.
For the next 30 years, Nancy dedicated herself to creating a Swift Water Rescue Program for L.A. and for all of California, a program that trains first responders in river rescue.
She never knew what happened to the boy, James. In this story, Nancy and James meet for the first time since that fateful day 30 years ago.
Nancy created the Drowning Support Network as "a peer support group for people who have lost loved ones in drownings or other aquatic accidents, including when no physical remains have been recovered, or the recovery process has been lengthy and difficult."
River Story Slideshow Earl Higgins & Nancy Rigg
Earl Higgins & Nancy Rigg at the White House in 1975 shooting a documentary about the press corps.
Nancy Rigg & James Ventrillo
Nancy Rigg and James Ventrillo

Flooding is not new news, but ... [cached]

Flooding is not new news, but thanks to a comment by Nancy Rigg, of the Higgins & Langley Memorial and Education Fund, I realized how flawed the public's perceptions are when it comes to water-based disasters and how the media supports those flawed perceptions. Nancy pointed out how common it is for people to literally wade right in, heedless of the health and safety repercussions of entering fast-flowing, debris-strewn and contaminated water, and then publicize their exploits. Just watch this guided tour of overflowing sewage.

As Nancy succinctly put it, "floods and tornadoes have been turned into spectator sports and it is SO dangerous!"
Tagged as: Colorado flooding, drowning prevention, flooding, Higgins & Langley, Nancy Rigg, water safety, water-based disasters

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