retainer straps are incorporated, one with a snap hook
and the other with a V-ring. These straps may be locked
around the survivor's body to ensure stability during
The forest penetrator (fig. 11-32) may be attached
to the rescue hook assembly for land and sea rescue
operations. The unit is bright yellow for high visibility.
The forest penetrator is 34 inches long and 8 inches in
diameter with the three seats retracted. Each seat is
approximately 12 inches long and is spring loaded in
the retracted position. A spring-loaded retaining latch
under each seat secures the seat in the extended
position. To release the seat from the extended position,
push down on the seat and pull down on the latch. The
seat will then snap back into the retracted position.
Three webbing safety straps are provided to secure
survivors. The straps terminate with a yellow fabric
marked TIGHTEN. Yellow webbing tabs, marked
PULL OUT, are sewn to the safety straps and extend
from one of three stowage openings.
Attachment of a flotation collar allows the forest
penetrator to float during air-sea rescue operations. The
collar is made of bright orange foam rubber for high
visibility. When the flotation collar is installed, the
diameter of the penetrator is 9 inches.
The rescue net (fig. 11-33) is a collapsible, buoyant
device designed to accommodate two survivors. It is
constructed of a nylon line woven into a net and
aluminum tubular frame. A lifting ring for hoisting is
located at the top or upper portion of the net, along with
flotation collars and locking support rods. These rods
incorporate sliding sleeves to prevent the net from
collapsing when it is occupied and to make it easy for
storage when not in use.
SAR MEDIVAC Litter
The SAR MEDIVAC litter (fig. 11-34) is designed
for use in water, shipboard, mountain, and other re-
Figure 11-32.(A) Forest penetrator; (B) Forest penetrator with flotation collar installed.