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    Default Ice Rescue rope rigging

    We have discussion on rigging for Ice Rescue. Do you hook the end of the rope to the victem or to the rescuer and why?

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    We hook the rescuer to the end. With our set up we have a biner on the end of the rope and then a sling attached to the rope somewhere between 5 and 10' away from the end. If the rescuer needs to enter the water they can wrap the sling around the victim and signal for the rope tenders to haul, when the rescuer and victim approach the ice shelf, the victim will be pulled out first and the rescuer in the water can help push the victim over the shelf before they are pulled out. Hopefully that makes sense.

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    Yes We were taught rescuer at end and rescuee 6ft up. I guess there are two different concepts. Would like to know pros and cons of each.

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    We go with the victim in the sling bout 5 feet up and the rescuer on the end so he can see his victim and still have some mobility if you have to move your victim before reaching shore(ie: have to cross another open body of water).

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    We were trained by Lifeguard Systems. They have a pretty good set of tactics.

    www.teamlgs.com

    The websites have pictures of their setup.
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    End of the line is on the rescuer, you have less of a chance of losing the victim, also the victim goes out first so you can assist in getting them out

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