6. The rescue swimmer and survivor are hoisted up to the helicopter. After reaching the helicopter, the rescue swimmer assists the survivor into the helicopter.
The rescue strop (sometimes called the horse collar or rescue sling) (fig. 5-26) is lowered attached to the rescue hook. The following is a step-by-step procedure for the survivor to don the strop and attach the rescue hoist:
1. Stand by as the rescue device is lowered.
Do not touch the rescue device until after the hook makes contact with the water. This prevents any electrical shock that may occur because of static electricity buildup in the rescue device.
2. Swim to the rescue device. Grasp the free end of the rescue strop with your right hand and rotate your body clockwise, as shown in figure
Figure 5-26. - Rescue strop (horse collar).
5-27, until the rescue strop is wrapped around your body.
3. Attach the V-ring on the strop to the rescue hook, as shown in figure 5-28.
4. Grasp the two pull tabs of the retainer straps (fig. 5-29) and pull the straps out. Attach the quick-ejector snap hook to the V-ring and pull the strop tightly across your chest.
5. Ensure that the rescue strop is above the LPA/LPU waist lobes and high on your back. Give a thumbs-up signal to the hoist operator. Wrap your arms around the collar and keep your head down.
6. Upon clearing the water, cross your feet as shown in figure 5-30 and remain in this position until you are inside the helicopter.
Figure 5-27. - Grasping the rescue strop.
Figure 5-28. - Attacbing the V-ring.Continue Reading