All tagged Rescue

Keep it Clean! – Evolution of the Clean Principle

The Clean Principle began life as the “Clean Line Principle.” This principle advises that any webbing or rope loop on a throwbag is a potential snag hazard. These loops can become snagged in trees or on rocks, creating a serious and possibly fatal entrapment hazard. Rescue instructors often point out that “rope and moving water are a bad mixture.”

Choosing the Correct Throwbag

A throwbag simply consists of a bag of floating rope to be thrown across a stretch of moving or still water to make a conditional rescue with a swimmer. Like most things in life a product that works for one person may not work for another. The same can be said about throwbags.  In an extreme way of thinking the ability to successfully deploy your throwbag when needed literally could mean life or death!

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

If a crew member falls overboard and everything looks OK – don’t be too sure. Sometimes the most common indication that someone is drowning is that they don’t look like they’re drowning. They may just look like they are treading water and looking up at the deck. One way to be sure? Ask them, “Are you alright?”