Thomas Frederick, MAG-the ejection scenario, he added to the training event by using other signaling devices, testing the FLU-8 automatic activation system for the life preserver, and letting the rescue swimmer practice with the rescue strop. Frederick's training started once the helo was on location.
Thomas Frederick is "rescued" by search-and-rescue responders from the HSC-25 Island Knights after being secured in a rescue strop. (Photo by Robert Sajnovsky) walking away from the departing Osprey, it returned for an unexpected landing and shutdown, as a chip light had been detected in the right rotor gear box.
SAR swimmers deployed and performed recoveries using basket, rescue strop, and direct deployment with rescue strop.
Also, the SAR swimmers sais that it was difficult to differentiate between the red rescue strop and two red anti-exposure suits while trying to secure the individuals.
After attaching to the survivor with the rescue strop
, the hoist cable wrapped around his leg, and he was pulled up the cliff with the survivor in an inverted position before snapping upright.
What we did not know up front was the radio was attached to the bright orange rescue strop
. Any debate over whether or not to use the radio quickly became moot when our jet skier dove after the strop, forfeiting the purchase of his beautiful personal watercraft in the process.
The survivors were hoisted down on the hook from the helicopter, two at a time, with AO2 Jack assisting them on deck to remove the rescue strop
. The survivors quickly were ushered forward and taken into the custody of the British crew.
However, we did have the rescue strop
, and we were standing by with the rescue hoist.
We established radio comms with them and learned their rescue strop
had separated from the swimmer and hook.
The outboard man put his feet in the door, and I grabbed the loop on the rescue strop
to bring them aboard.