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Re: Safety at Sea by MTAM

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I need to add this; if you are on your boat and the SAR helo drops a line to you in preparation of lowering a basket, do not hook the line to your boat. Just hold it. Hooking the line to your boat puts the helo in danger. Also to prevent a shock to you prior to grabbing the line try to let it touch the boat 1st, or better yet the water. Also if you are in your inflatable raft consider sinking or partial sinking your raft when the helo is very close. This will be difficult to do so sink it when rescue is assured. A fully inflated empty raft can become airborne and fly into the rotor.

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Static discharge on the helo line is covered in the course. Not tying it to the boat was the first thing I remember the USCG Lt Cdr telling us. He was a helo pilot and was rather passionate about that point.

I don't recall the suggestion to sink the raft. I have to believe that is going to be mentally hard for the average ranger to do. Are the rescue swimmers instructed to do so? I've never heard of it before.
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Re: Safety at Sea by MTAM

Good point Minne ref sinking the raft. Yes you are right about it being mentally hard to do. I did fly SAR in a SeaKing and we did talk about the point of the raft. However if a long line is used (100' or so) for the rescue then it should not be a factor. However if the line is short, consider doing this. We did learn this during an Air force survival course. The down-wash can be terrific and you don't want one of those thing becoming airborne. Remember when I say sink the raft, it truly does not really sink. It just sits low in the water and if need be it can be re inflated. Remember don't do this unless rescue is assured. Just a thought.

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Re: Safety at Sea by MTAM

I just signed up the Admiral and me for the April 6, 2013 session. (We have a church commitment that will prevent us from attending the second day.)

Is anyone else going this year?
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Re: Safety at Sea by MTAM

I've taken the one day course twice now (req'd for watch captains in offshore races)
Admiral is taking the class this year since we seem to be spending more time on various boats that go offshore.
Highly recommend the class if for no other reason than to inform people of what to expect when it all goes south. Knowledge really does make a difference when things go to SHYTE.
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Re: Safety at Sea by MTAM

Is there a typo here?

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1. Crotch Strap, crotch strap, crotch strap, donít go into water with it.
Shouldn't it be "don't go into water without it" ?...?
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Re: Safety at Sea by MTAM

I will be attending the 2013 USNA/MTAM Safety at Sea seminar Saturday in Annapolis. My girlfriend and I are looking for a ride to downtown Baltimore/or Baltimore metro/light rail station after the event Saturday evening. Is anyone heading back to Baltimore?

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Re: Safety at Sea by MTAM

Took the course a few years ago, what did you think when we were able to get into the 6 man life raft? Wasn't it roomy? Wouldn't it be fun to be in one with 5 of your closest friends offshore in a large seaway? The entire course was great, eye opening for sure.

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Re: Safety at Sea by MTAM

This course sounds excellent.

I've done the pool exercise before with a life raft and it's and eye opener. We did it with survival suits on. It's hard! Sure they are warm and they float but they restrict movement. And the rope ladder under the life raft flops around as you try to climb in. Our group had to get an fairly heavy teammate into the raft...took 2 of us, one pulling inside, one pushing outside. Ain't exactly roomy inside either. After the experience, I don't think most of us would consider stepping down into a life raft.

I cannot imagine how hard it would be in survival conditions....or working under a chopper downdraft.

A course like this will change your view of survival equipment and maybe even save your life. Good for you taking the time to do it!
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Re: Safety at Sea by MTAM

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I need to add this; if you are on your boat and the SAR helo drops a line to you in preparation of lowering a basket, do not hook the line to your boat. Just hold it. Hooking the line to your boat puts the helo in danger.
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To illustrate the point, here is a helo trying to tow a small boat in very calm waters. Lets see what happens....



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To illustrate the point, here is a helo trying to tow a small boat in very calm waters. Lets see what happens...........

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