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Old 15 December 2014, 03:24   #11
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It looks definitely the solution.

I do not feel like playing rescue hero at all, no guts enough and lumbalgia.

5 years ago I saw a rescue op: a boy had crashed into a rock when plunging. The skull was cracked and maybe he had spinal injuries. But most of the initial damage was drowning.
Later, the problem was too much bleeding.
I think Red Cross volunteers at the beach do not have these cradles. You can quickly and safely rescue injured people with multiple issues, no time for decissions.

I spend my holidays in a zone where many people gets downed, maybe 1 each 2 years. It is not a joke. There's a lovely point called "Dead men beach".
You know, people think Med sea is peaceful. Water may be warm, but better do not mess when the wind blows and the waves hit the coast. Turists do not know the danger and want to enjoy each and every day.
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Old 15 December 2014, 11:44   #12
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The problem with the cradle, from a recreational standpoint, is bulk. Storing the thing onboard for the one or two times you may actually need it would be difficult in most boats.

The price for the one mentioned above would (IMO) be rather dissuasive as well.

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You can make a cradle fairly cheaply with 2 thick alloy strips and a thick net. Made our own at Stonehaven for all of the years we operated. There are some made of fabric which aren't too bulky commercially available.

If the casualty is conscious and has not been in the water long and is fully communicative, he can talk about his injuries before you decide how to take him in. I'm talking about a man overboard situation and less than ten minutes. If anyone has been in for more than ten minutes and is less responsive a horizontal lift is essential regardless of injuries. If you vertically lift this guy, he could die on the deck of a heart attack before you get to a broken anything.

I've been at road traffic accidents and seen people pass out when a Doctor has straightened a broken leg with compound fractures. If you get someone in that state with hypothermia the casualty will pass out on you due to pain. The rules are (after you've done your ABC) you have to get them warmer first with an orange casualty bag and wooden hat/gloves. If you get the casualty to shore, the emergency services will have a fighting chance. To be in that state requiring rescue at sea would be grim indeed.
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