the sea anchor over the stern using all the available line. This will keep the life raft pointed toward the shore and prevent the sea from throwing the stern around and capsizing the life raft. Surf may be irregular and velocity may vary, so the procedure must be modified as conditions demand.
If you have a choice, do not land at night. If you have reason to believe that the shore is inhabited, lie away from the beach and signal; then wait for the inhabitants to come out and bring you in.
Rescue operations will normally be accomplished by helicopter and involve either maritime (sea) or land conditions. In this chapter we will cover only maritime rescue.
Potential survivors should be aware that, in most cases, the helicopter will first mark the location of the survivor. The pilot will fly the helicopter directly over the survivor and then fly it away from the survivor's position. At this time one to three marine markers (flares) or electric sea marker lights will be dropped prior to the start of the rescue pattern. The survivor should take caution not to touch the markers, as they can be dangerous.
A naval helicopter assigned to operate as a rescue vehicle over water will have a rescue swimmer as a crewman. When the rescue swimmer is deployed, the survivor should remain
Figure 5-24. - Rescue hook.Continue Reading