The article did not adequately address the most important issue to be considered prior to initiating a rope rescue: Are we capable of ensuring, as much as is reasonable, the safety of the rescuer and victim during such an operation? If the answer is no, we shouldn`t go over the edge. A system that contains a critical point that will cause total system failure when it fails is inappropriate to use when supporting human loads.
Simulaids, Inc.: For safety programs, life- guard courses, and SCUBA classes. Plastic- coated steel cable connects articulating molded vinyl body parts. Floats and, with 10 additional pounds inserted into chest, it sinks. Tel: (800) 431-4310.
For safety reasons, swiftwater rescuers are taught to use the lowest risk rescue options first (which are used in approximately 70 percent of swiftwater rescue incidents) and then to proceed toward the higher-risk options (discussed in Part 2). Rescuer training levels and their respective training options are described in the box below.
I.S.S. Innovative Safety Systems, Inc.: Manufactured of heavy neoprene and hypalon fabric. Comes rolled up and rolls out at inflation. No down time or repack costs. Uses standard air packs. Water ballast pockets for combating windy conditions. Dual 15-foot ice rescue system is available.
Angel-GUARD Products, Inc.: For ice rescues requiring only two people. Stable platform distributes weight onto 22 square feet of pontoon surface. Victim is secured and suspended off the ice in a patented harness that slides on the guardrails. Rescuer can paddle through open water onto ice. Provides 600 pounds of flotation weight while weighing only 88 pounds. Folds in half for convenient storage and transporting.