Maritime rescues can be heart-racing endeavors that permanently change the lives of those involved. At times, fishing an injured or shocked individual out of the ocean after they’ve been lingering in the waves for some time can be immensely difficult and downright dangerous to the rescued if it’s not done properly. Nevertheless, every year we see mariners take to the sea without understanding the importance of proper maritime rescue technique.
Here’s how to implement realistic maritime training, why horizontal rescue in particular needs to be more commonly understood, and how to avoid accidents at sea in general.
Don’t lift people vertically from the water
If there’s one bit of advice that each mariner should know, it’s that lifting somebody of the ocean vertically can be a serious mistake that exacerbates their life-threatening condition. The hydrostatic pressure in blood vessels guarantees that the blood at the lower part of the body has to work harder to get to the top of the body, as the blood above it is heavier and thus exerts immense pressure on blood situated in the lower body. This means that the heart must work ever-harder to pump blood across the body to your vital organs, so you should attempt to mitigate hydrostatic pressure in blood vessels whenever possible.
Luckily for you, this doesn’t require a medical degree or immense knowledge of the human cardiovascular system. All that it really means is that individuals should be lifted from the ocean in a horizontal fashion rather than a vertical fashion. By pulling them out of the water horizontally, you’re making it easier for their heart to distribute blood across the body than if they were pulled out vertically, which can be of immense importance when it comes to saving lives. The ocean can drain your body heat very quickly, which makes your heart colder than it should be. Cold hearts aren’t as efficient as warm hearts, which leads many people to experience chest pain in cold weather that they wouldn’t suffer from if it was warmer outside.
Always remember to lift people from the ocean horizontally – it could save a life, especially if you’re immersed in particularly frigid waters that are putting strain on your heart. Proper maritime training through FOET courses should be more common, but unfortunately many mariners are deeply undertrained and could pay for that fact with their lives or the lives of others in the event of a crisis.
Even when you’re safely inside of the confines of a ship, disaster can still be lurking around any corner. That’s why learning about confined space rescue is also highly recommended, as this could help you save crewmembers in the event of an internal fiasco like an electrical shock or enclosed space accident, two of the most common disasters to plague mariners. A failure to emphasis proper maritime rescue technique won’t just thwart rescue operations but could actually endanger the lives of those being rescued. Never ask those being rescued to exert themselves, and always lift people from the water horizontally, and soon your maritime rescue technique will be much better than before.