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Old 29 January 2009, 10:49   #11
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Depending on the mission you wish to accomplish, how about a Jetski with a rescue board on the back?

Very little draft, small, easily launched (Youtube vids of jetskiers launching their trucks notwithstanding), and no spinning prop to ruin peoples days.

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Depending on the mission you wish to accomplish, how about a Jetski with a rescue board on the back?
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Nooooo.....probably the worst thing to put into floodwater.
If you say so, bit they do seem a popular choice and no one has sent one back.

Here are some examples of various shapes, sizes and hardnesses. All being used for just this sort of thing:

http://www.sara-rescue.org.uk/thefleet.htm
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There are also jetski/inflatable hybrids out there such as this one;

http://www.cabora.com/jetdrive/
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Whitewater rafting boats get quite a hammering and the Avons seem to last well enough - and they have soft bottoms!!!

Our local Firebrigade use an old Avon and it seems to keep going.
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If you say so, bit they do seem a popular choice and no one has sent one back.

Here are some examples of various shapes, sizes and hardnesses. All being used for just this sort of thing:

http://www.sara-rescue.org.uk/thefleet.htm
Look a little closer...I used to be search manager with SARA, the inflatables are NOT used in flood swiftwater situations. Chepstow operate a hard plastic Jeanneau, Sharpness operate an aluminium craft. The former Upton station operated a rigid plastic inflatable - looked like a rib but the tubes were actually like water mains pipes (same as SARA 8 at Wyre Forest, it may look inflatable but it ain't).

As for no-one sending them back, maybe not, but I can quote you a couple of brigades who didn't send it back cos it's at the bottom of something, and you will find that whilst they may be retained on the fleet, tasking is different. Inflatables are fine for still or slow moving water, where you know where the hazards are and can take avoiding action in good time.

If you look in the States, where the whole Swiftwater discipline grew up, you'll find very few inflatables in use in urban or unpredictable situations.
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What about whitewater rafting - lots of pretty nasty rocks around..........
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But whitewater rafting is a very different beast to urban flood rescue carrying elderly, frail or frightened members of the public....
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But whitewater rafting is a very different beast to urban flood rescue carrying elderly, frail or frightened members of the public....
Yes but the question was about the durability of inflatables. Granted jagged metal bits would be nasty but Whitewater rafts must get a hell of a bashing - some rocks can be pretty sharp as well.
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Look a little closer...

As for no-one sending them back, maybe not, but I can quote you a couple of brigades who didn't send it back cos it's at the bottom of something.
Oh silly me, I meant to add a raspberry to that comment.
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