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Rescue someone in the water using the Hollowell par-buckle technique
Hollowell’s rescue boats (Jeanneau - with the rigid plastic hulls) are able to manoeuvre in very shallow water and their medium freeboard and rounded gunwales make it easy for rescue personnel to lean over to reach victims in the water.
Those rounded gunwales also make “par-buckling” an efficient way to retrieve a person into the boat while keeping them horizontal. Par-buckling can be done with straps and these are kept under the seat lids in the boat. Please ensure they are part of your equipment check.
Approach casualty as normal and CUT THE ENGINE as soon as contact is made.
Hold person to the boat.
Get the straps ready by threading the loops through the hold-on rods.
Have the casualty - feet towards engine head towards the bow.
Place one strap around the shoulder.
Place the other strap round the legs, just below the backside. TAKE YOUR TIME get this one RIGHT!
Get casualty to place arms across their stomach.
Collect the loose ends and slowly lift the person out of the water. Stand up for this and use your arms to do the work.
TAKE YOUR TIME This process could disorienting for the casualty.
GENTLY lower the person into the boat.
ENSURE YOU HOLD THE HEAD WHILE LOWERING THE PERSON TO THE FLOOR.
Once aboard, assess the victim’s condition, and treat accordingly. BE ESPECIALLY AWARE OF COLD WATER SHOCK.