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    Question Rope Controlled Boat Rescue Techniques

    Is anyone using any techniques for boat based rescues, other than a conventional highline? Due to the time consumption of highline rigging, has anyone tried anything else, such as offsets or deflections? Trying to find something with a little more control than a basic rope tether, but not as equipment or time consuming as a highline. Thanks in advance for your input on this.

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    There is a technique called "Lining" for getting a canoe up or downstream through rough water using a bow and stern line where you "steer" the boat with the lines and allow the "keel" of the boat to track in the current. It only works with boats either narrow or deep enough to have a keel effect in running water, flat bottom boats common in rescue work probably would not work, though a dory type boat might, especially if a small keel were added to it.

    The bow tender is keeping the boat from going down stream, the stern tender pulls on his line to make the boat swing out further into the current and eases out the line to swing in. I've never tried it with much weight in the canoe, but I have used this to move up stream through water too fast to paddle through where a portage (carry) would have been a PITA (or I was too lazy).

    Potential down sides would be that moving the boat is the responsability of the people on shore, though give the boat a rudder (or a person with a paddle in back) and you might be able to make the final steer to catch the victim. Not sure what would happen once the victim was "caught" by the boat, might make it swing rapidly. If the boat was seaworthy enough you might make the plan to drop both bow and stern line right as the victim approaches and drift with the vic to catch then paddle to shore.

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    I took swift water from Rescue 3 int. and it took no time at all for the highline. Wich amazed me because it took an entire day to learn highlines in rope tech. Pre rig and keep it simple.
    A lot depends on the width of the river but a quick highline with a few control lines should take no more then 5 minutest to set up. Get in touch with RESCUE3 the guys that taught us were from NC and excellent instructors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADSNWFLD View Post
    I took swift water from Rescue 3 int. and it took no time at all for the highline. Wich amazed me because it took an entire day to learn highlines in rope tech. Pre rig and keep it simple.
    A lot depends on the width of the river but a quick highline with a few control lines should take no more then 5 minutest to set up. Get in touch with RESCUE3 the guys that taught us were from NC and excellent instructors.

    Right on the money there, better to use a high-line setup you get better control over the boat and it is fast setting up not like a rope rescue high-line and uses the same number of people as the first post just that there is on person on each side of the river.
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    I would have to agree with the gentlemen above, as they have said. Having set up high lines for rope rescue and water rescue, and having taught both, water is much faster to set up and it does give you better control for across stream operations as well as down stream as your search goes, depending on which search pattern you choose to use from the boats, and the speed of the river. If you have any more questions feel free to ask, or contact me off the forum at KCE204@aol.com. Be safe gentlemen

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    There are so many Rope Rescue Techniques, by help of those techniques you can get great help in rescue operations. You can also hire rope rescue technicians for these operations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flameresistant View Post
    There are so many Rope Rescue Techniques, by help of those techniques you can get great help in rescue operations. You can also hire rope rescue technicians for these operations.
    Yeah, that is what I am going to do, call some people to travel from Hammond, IN to come down to Central Texas to perform a water rescue. By the time you would get here, you would have to fish them out of the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squad1FF View Post
    Is anyone using any techniques for boat based rescues, other than a conventional highline? Due to the time consumption of highline rigging, has anyone tried anything else, such as offsets or deflections? Trying to find something with a little more control than a basic rope tether, but not as equipment or time consuming as a highline. Thanks in advance for your input on this.
    It depends a lot on the type of boat, width of river and access available on the opposite shore. What has worked very well for us is a 4-line system. One line attached to each side (front and rear......ok...ok....bow and stern port and starboard for you nautical types). One rescuer on each rope (we use 1/4" poly ski-type rope) and a 14 ft inflatable (ours is a Demaree). The rescuers move the boat up, down and sideways under control. I've used this technique successfully since 1980 in both white water rivers and the slower moving streams we normally have in south Louisiana.

    When we deal with the Mississippi River and it's 1 mile width we put the 25 Johnson back on the boat and still have excellent control even when the river is well above flood stage and we are moving in tight areas around docks, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsqman View Post
    It depends a lot on the type of boat, width of river and access available on the opposite shore. What has worked very well for us is a 4-line system. One line attached to each side (front and rear......ok...ok....bow and stern port and starboard for you nautical types). One rescuer on each rope (we use 1/4" poly ski-type rope) and a 14 ft inflatable (ours is a Demaree). The rescuers move the boat up, down and sideways under control. I've used this technique successfully since 1980 in both white water rivers and the slower moving streams we normally have in south Louisiana.

    When we deal with the Mississippi River and it's 1 mile width we put the 25 Johnson back on the boat and still have excellent control even when the river is well above flood stage and we are moving in tight areas around docks, etc.
    We have done the same with guidelines, both 2 and 4 on opposing shores, much like live baiting a boat. Good technique, a line gun helps... Our largest moving body of water is no more than 200' across when flooding.
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