5. How Do You Rescue a Drowning Person Using a Water Rescue Kit?
Water rescuers aren’t the only ones to think about what to do in a water-related emergency.
You never know when you’ll need to think quickly and devise a strategy to pull a troubled individual from a pool, lake, or ocean.
Wear a life-saving jacket whenever possible is the first rule of water safety. These are material coats that keep you afloat.
They may not be the most attractive apparel, but they can save your life if you aren’t a good swimmer.
How to Help the Drowning?
However, if someone is in the water without a life jacket or needs assistance, remember to reach down to him and help.
This act captures one of the most critical aspects of a water rescue, particularly for those of us who aren’t water lifeguards.
Don’t put yourself at risk while attempting to rescue a panicked person from the water. You can wind up being driven underwater yourself, leaving two victims needing assistance rather than one.
Rescue Using a Water Kit
You can employ several tools to save people’s lives. Depending on the situation and the rescue stage, several types of gear must be used.
The following is a list of some of the most prevalent lifeguarding devices.
Figure 8 Saving a Drowning Person
A toss or throw bag is a necessity for every boat. The essential items in a throw or rope bag are the ropes you need to save someone who has fallen out of the vessel, similar to the rescue floats used in the ocean.
The drowning person can slide the harness from either side, allowing rescuers to focus on getting the water rescue kit to the sufferer and the victim to secure himself more rapidly with the equipment.
Once the collar is on, the rescuer can pull the rope taut, and the device will cinch around the victim’s chest, securing the victim. This gear makes pulling someone out of the water more manageable, even during a helicopter lift.
Lines for Hauling
The haul line aids in moving trapped or stuck vessels back into the stream.
It has a rope that works as a static line to help pull the boat away from the rocks.
Smaller vessels, such as kayaks, can use thinner lines, and some businesses employ throw bags.
For larger vessels, however, it is preferable to have something substantial built to carry the weight of the larger craft while being hauled.
Figure 9 Helping a Drowning Person
It is an item that is frequently overlooked, yet it is critical for certain types of rescues. Some streams or rivers are narrow enough that no additional anchors are required, but they can have different widths and debris that a vessel can utilize to anchor a line.
Using webbing, you can add more length and stability to your water rescue kit. Webbing usually comes with its stainless-steel D-ring and carabiner, so you don’t have to worry about having these items on hand in other situations.
The webbing tether is attached to the shoulder strap and does not get in the way.
Rapidly moving water is frequently frigid, and the cold wetness will make gripping the rope to pull someone to safety more difficult.
Rescuers can use special water rescue gloves to hold the ropes better and bring someone to safety.
Emergency oxygen cylinders provide additional oxygen to individuals with difficulty breathing.
A pulse oximeter determines the person’s pulse and oxygen levels.
The rescuer then turns on the oxygen cylinder and fills the airbag with sufficient oxygen, depending on the sufferer’s needs.
Then he instructs the victim to breathe gently and steadily. Because oxygen cylinders are under high pressure, lifeguards must handle them with extreme caution.
Figure 10 Oxygen Cylinders
Lifejackets are a well-known safety item that is particularly useful in life-saving measures. They’re made of polyester fabric and loaded with foam to keep you afloat in the water.
They also come with a whistle and an emergency light, so the person in need of assistance may readily draw attention to themself.
A rescue tube is a high-density foam tube that you can use in various ways to keep a person from drowning.
The lifeguard swims out, carrying the rescue tube behind him until he reaches the distressed victim. The victim can then take a break on the rescue tube and begin swimming toward the shore with the lifeguard’s assistance.
If the person is too weary or traumatized to swim, the tube can be wrapped around their body and dragged back to the shore by a lifeguard.