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06-02-2013 06:48 AM
boatpoker
Re: Crew memo for helo evacuation

Training excercise - highly trained crew, rock steady 10knot winds, flat sea, no pitching, no yawing, no heaving - real world not so much.
06-01-2013 11:04 PM
billyruffn
Re: Crew memo for helo evacuation

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Not a chance that a line will be dropped from a helicopter to be held by someone on deck. Not a chance anyone is going to be lifted from the deck of a pitching heaving sailboat. This would be courting suicide for everyone onboard both vehicles. Back to the drawing board.


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05-30-2013 07:11 AM
boatpoker
Re: Crew memo for helo evacuation

Not a chance that a line will be dropped from a helicopter to be held by someone on deck. Not a chance anyone is going to be lifted from the deck of a pitching heaving sailboat. This would be courting suicide for everyone onboard both vehicles. Back to the drawing board.
05-29-2013 10:49 PM
billyruffn
Re: Crew memo for helo evacuation

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Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife View Post
Is it part of a full emergency book?
It's in a binder with several other things, e.g. procedures for fire, flooding, MoB, abandon ship, etc. I ask that the crew read the book before we depart. We'll go over some of these things together as a crew, but I look to each individual to become familiar with how we should react to each type of emergency.

Fortunately, we've never had to follow any of these emergency procedures.....except once, when I pulled up the sole and found the bilge full of water. For a moment I panicked, then I did step 1, "Taste the water". It was fresh water so all was well.
05-29-2013 05:32 PM
dabnis
Re: Crew memo for helo evacuation

I was lifted out of a heavily forested very steep, rugged terrain in a litter. What I didn't expect was the litter spinning around very fast, kind of dis-orienting and a bit scary. It might help to advise the injured person that the litter may spin a bit. However as they are strapped in they are not going anywhere, but it may ease the apprehension somewhat.

Paul T
05-29-2013 03:17 PM
johnnyquest37
Re: Crew memo for helo evacuation

Not sure how large your boat is, but I have doubts that the USCG is going to attempt a hoist from the deck of sailboat pitching in the waves. More likely, they'll lower a rescue swimmer (with or without a basket) into the water near the boat. The swimmer will help get the victim to the hoist.

I've done helo casualty evacuation from the ground, but not from the sea.
05-29-2013 01:04 PM
Barquito
Re: Crew memo for helo evacuation

I wonder if you could get some advice from the CG (or whatever agency is in your area).
05-29-2013 07:57 AM
MarkofSeaLife
Re: Crew memo for helo evacuation

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Mark I'm glad to see you are still around! St Martin?
Nah, lobbed into Grenada last Friday and here for the whole,Hurricane season waiting for my budget to catch up!
It ain't not Key West! But I am going to get involved in as much stuff as I can to keep occupied... Even doing the morning VHF net once a week! (I must be getting old and cranky!)

See you soon!
05-29-2013 07:54 AM
scratchee
Re: Crew memo for helo evacuation

It might help to tell the helo crew the wind direction and speed before they arrive over the boat.
05-29-2013 05:23 AM
brokesailor
Re: Crew memo for helo evacuation

I thought I read that in a Hal Roth Book. "Storm Tactics" or something along that. Mark I'm glad to see you are still around! St Martin?
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