4. Places one arm across the net to ensure that the survivor cannot fall out and signals the aircraft when ready for hoisting. After reaching the helicopter, the crewman hooks up the safety strap from the rescue net to the decking of the helicopter. The crewman assists the survivor into the helicopter.
The following is a step-by-step procedure for the swimmer to-use when performing multiple rescues:
1. Places the rescue net opening directly in front of the survivors without disconnecting it from the rescue hook.
2. Has the survivors swim into the rescue net.
The survivors must not attempt to get out of the rescue net until they are directed by the crewman.
3. Ensures that the survivors are completely in the rescue net with their legs inside. The survivors are hoisted to the helicopter. The crewman hooks up the safety strap from the rescue net to the decking of the helicopter. The crewman assists the survivors into the helicopter.
During rescue operations, it is essential that you use standardized communication procedures. Voice, hand, and signal communications are important in aiding a rescue. The primary means of communication is the survival radio carried by the aircrewman or supplied with the survival equipment. Instructions for using the radio are embossed on the radio case, and all crewmen must be familiar with the radio operations.
Depending upon available stock levels, air commanders may direct a particular radio to be used. If no particular type of survival radio is
Figure 5-36. - Survivor entering the rescue net.Continue Reading