the net, along with locking support rods. These rods incorporate sliding sleeves to prevent the net from collapsing while it is occupied. At the front of the net are two additional support rods that can be disconnected from the top section when it is stored. When in use, the rescue net tilts away from its open side. This design helps prevent survivors from falling out (fig. 5-35).
The following is a step-by-step procedure for the survivor to safely board the rescue net:
1. When the net enters the water, swim to the net and position the net with its opening directly in front of you. Grasp each of the lower support rib floats (fig. 5-36).
2. Pull yourself into the net and turn so you are facing the opening.
3. Move all the way to the back of the net with your back resting against the rear of the net and your arms and legs completely inside. Give a thumbs-up hand signal to the hoist operator and maintain a secure handhold during the hoist.
During swimmer-assisted rescues using the rescue net, the swimmer uses the following procedure to assist the survivor:
1. Places the rescue net opening directly in front of the survivor without disconnecting it from the rescue hook.
2. Places the survivor in a collar/equipment tow and swims into the rescue net backwards while positioning the survivor on either side of the net, facing out.
3. Ensures the survivor is completely inside the net.
The survivor must not attempt to get out of the rescue net until directed by the crewman.
Figure 5-35. - Rescue net.Continue Reading