NW RIBster, BSAC Area Coach and a RNLI Lifeboat Crewmember shares
some practical tips in the event that one day we may need to
help in a lift for life.
In any rescue incident take all instruction
from the helicopter crew.
Important Note: These techniques are
those adopted by the RNLI when working with the Royal Navy,
Royal Air Force and Coastguard helicopters, they may not be
appropriate for other rescue services or for non SAR trained
Control of a helicopter rescue is the responsibility
of the pilot. Pilots are instructed to normally use the 'Stationary
Boat' standard procedure when rescuing the general public.
Practical Tips when Working with Helicopters
As a crewmember of an RNLI Inshore Lifeboat,
I would like to pass on a few practical tips on working with
helicopters. These tips are based on my experiences when working
with helicopters on service, during practice and from formal
training at the Inshore Lifeboat Centre (ILC), Helmsmans
Course at Cowes, Isle of Wight.