SWIFTWATER RESCUE TACTICSPART 2: HIGH-RISK OPTIONSBY GARY E. SEIDEL In Part 1, we covered the low-risk rescue options most often used by first responders on the scene of a swiftwater rescue incident. This article presents the higher-risk options that must be used only by trained swiftwater rescue technicians and after lower-risk rescue options have proven unsuccessful.RESCUE OPTIONS Row. This option involves using a river rescue board, an inflatable rescue boat (IRB), and a spider boat or cataraft. The river rescue board is a foam-type flotation device that consists of 150 to 200 pounds of flotation (ethafoam). It is approximately two feet wide, four feet long, and four inches thick and...

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