2008-02-19 00:10:12 UTC
would be a better description. It was fascinating.
We covered most forms of rescue that I am familiar with excluding any
form of a roll.
Mark Dykeman demonstrated a stirrup rescue that worked well.
I carry a stirrup but only in that near useless solid paddle float. I
have in the past carried a stirrup strap around my pump or tied to
the tow rope but after trying various rescues just dropped it because
it seamed more of a nuisance than valuable tool.
I found the stirrup strapped to the casualty boat torqued the boat and
made the rescuer work to stabilize a boat that was being twisted.
Using a variation with the stirrup strap looped over the paddle and
under the boat was an improvement but time consuming and not really a
HERE IS THE JUICE
Mark tied that strap to the rescue boat and ran the strap over the
casualty boat. The swimmer lifts them self onto their own boat with
the buoyancy coming from their own boat and stresses pushing down not
The rescuer has both hands free to help hoist the swimmer aboard their
To overcome the advantage this effortlessly gives the swimmer would
have to be heavy enough to pull the rescuer and their boat over the
casualty boat. (Not happening).
I have never seen this rescue arrangement in any book, movie or
article that I have read.
Perhaps its there but I think this is a Mark Dykeman initiative.
I will be carrying a stirrup from now on.
Thanks Mark and Richard.