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I don't get it. Why not hover while the people are being winched in? There's something to be said for Japan's SAR flying boats that can land on water and actually launch a boat+divers.

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Bigger question: why a helo rescue to a moored boat 200 metres from shore in good weather?

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had to be a training exercise right?  I mean hes at a MOORING.

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4 minutes ago, Mark Set said:

had to be a training exercise right?  I mean hes at a MOORING.

Yep

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I'm shocked that they survived that. The danglers as well as the helo. That is some first class dumb-fuckery right there.

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More likely to drop your drawers when the shit hits the fan like that! 

   If the wire had gone to electrical ground (ie in the water) while still in contact with one of the HT cables everyone and thing would have fried. 

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That's what came to my mind. Also, the whole blunt trauma thing. But maybe it makes sense from a flying perspective?

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well.... that'll wake you up. 

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Darwin Award nomination right there

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Bring me my brown pants.

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7 hours ago, spankoka said:

I don't get it. Why not hover while the people are being winched in? There's something to be said for Japan's SAR flying boats that can land on water and actually launch a boat+divers.

Hover in a helicopter is actually not very safe......and some forward motion is good, helps prevent spin of the people on the hook......but flying like they could be a recipe for disaster.......get people back into the helicopter  as soon as possible.

 

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I can't believe that he'd underfly wires like that....  As a former helo driver, wire-hazard awareness was something that we *always* looked at in our risk planning and in route planning

Glad they all made out OK - that could have been very bad for everyone

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13 hours ago, aloha27 said:

Bring me my brown pants.

Looks like you're already wearing them.

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For those of you guys that know the system, did the swimmer release from the cable using that orange cylinder thingy? I always wondered what control the swimmer had with that cable. It would make sense to have an emergency release.

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20 hours ago, aloha27 said:

Bring me my brown pants.

 

Preceded by the Captain saying, "First Mate, bring me my red shirt!!"  Love that old sailors joke....

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6 hours ago, smackdaddy said:

For those of you guys that know the system, did the swimmer release from the cable using that orange cylinder thingy?

Siurre lookes licke he didde.                                   :)

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Dafuq...?...!

I guess the swimmers must have told those dudes on shore, “RUM!  Go get us a large quantity of alcohol, STAT!”

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Another example of my new favourite saying, Success courts Failure. Might get that tattooed. 

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26 minutes ago, Alcatraz5768 said:

Another example of my new favourite saying, Success courts Failure. Might get that tattooed. 

It would probably be misspelled.

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On May 10, 2019 at 12:02 PM, smackdaddy said:

For those of you guys that know the system, did the swimmer release from the cable using that orange cylinder thingy? I always wondered what control the swimmer had with that cable. It would make sense to have an emergency release.

No....Orange thingy is a float for the hook

the operator in the helicopter and the pilot have a firing circuit that actuates an explosive squib that fires a small cutter into the cable.  They also carry a manual cutter

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Just now, Mudsailor said:

No....Orange thingy is a float for the hook

the operator in the helicopter and the pilot have a firing circuit that actuates an explosive squib that fires a small cutter into the cable.  They also carry a manual cutter

That thing may have just fired itself! Certainly got enough voltage :rolleyes:

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1 minute ago, kent_island_sailor said:

That thing may have just fired itself! Certainly got enough voltage :rolleyes:

system is designed to accept lightning strike and not fire........

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42 minutes ago, Mudsailor said:

No....Orange thingy is a float for the hook

the operator in the helicopter and the pilot have a firing circuit that actuates an explosive squib that fires a small cutter into the cable.  They also carry a manual cutter

Thanks Mud. I was wondering how that worked. Good to hear from someone who actually knows. It would suck to suddenly feel those Gs, though. The RS was definitely coughing up a lot of water. Either he wassn't expecting it - and/or it hurt - a lot.

 

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This is beyond stupid.

 

Its an exercise, right?  So  they managed to do all these three stupid things:

  1. chose a location right next to high tension wires
  2. didn't note them in their preparatory risk assessment (and hence plan to extract to seaward)
  3. didn't notice them at the time, flying in, or out.

 

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On 5/11/2019 at 8:39 AM, Alcatraz5768 said:

Another example of my new favourite saying, Success courts Failure. Might get that tattooed. 

 

I thought it was Pride precedes Failure?   My favorite of the day is "No good deed goes unpunished".  Followed by, "It's better to beg forgiveness than ask permission".

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Might be time to install some visual indentifying markers on that overhead wiring?.....just saying.

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56 minutes ago, hobot said:

Might be time to install some visual indentifying markers on that overhead wiring?.....just saying.

Evreybodey lickes orringe balles                               :)

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Anybody up for this one?!!!!!!!:o:huh:

 

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Posted (edited)

Or for the older folks around here

 

 

Edited by HFC Hunter
Swingier version
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