Posted by: forsberg on Oct-08-08 2:55 PM (EST)
We use the T-rescue all the time when someone goes over in the cold water of Kachemak Bay. It gets the water out of their boat pretty quickly so that when they reenter they are less prone to flipping back over again because of the water in the boat sloshing around. It also eliminates the need for pumping which can be a hassle in choppy seas.
We've found that many students cannot master the bow hook method. It is difficult because the bow of the overturned boat is under water and pointing down. When you hook the bow and try to hip flick it up the rescuer can lose their balance or strain their back.
We also don't like the stern drop method because the swimmer is hanging onto the back of their boat and are subject to wave and current dislodging them.
We use a variation for breaking the cockpit seal and righting the boat. Ideally the swimmer rights the boat and scrambles onto the back deck where he lays flat and waits for the rescue boat. If the swimmer cannot right the boat himself he may scramble onto the upside down boat from the side and await rescue or if rescue is quite close then the swimmer simply holds onto boat and paddle and waits.
When the rescue boat arrives he comes in parallel and alongside the swimmer's boat and instructs the swimmer to transfer to the bow of the rescue boat so that the swimmer is always in the view of the rescuer. Then with the boats still parallel the rescuer can reach over and under the opposite side of the capsized boat, grab the deck line or cockpit edge and easily roll the boat upright.
With the boat upright it is easy to reorient to a t- position and do the bow slide of the boat and dump the water. We end by bringing the boats parallel with the stern of the swimmer's boat presented to him for either a feet-first, between the boats rescue (in calm water) or an outside rescue reentry over the back deck of the swimmer's boat.
Everyone we paddle with wears a dry suit because the water here is usually below 50F but even with the suit the water is doggone cold. We've found it sure pays to practice all these rescues with everyone we paddle with.
Thanks for the good article!
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