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August 28, 2012
Hurricane Safety Tip: How to Rescue Someone Caught in a Flood - 2

The fast current of a flash flood is one of its biggest dangers. But if someone  is trapped by a flash flood— clinging to a tree branch  or perched on the roof of a car—try using that speed to your advantage.

Step One
Tie a rescue rope to a solid object (a tree, for example) to anchor it against the weight of the victim and the flowing water’s immense pressure.

Step Two 
Coil the rescue rope and throw it upstream of the person you’re rescuing, allowing the current to carry the line to the victim. Instruct that person to tie the rope around his or her waist.

Step Three
Once secured to the rope, the victim can leave his or her perch and work toward  the shore.

This tip is from OL's Ultimate Survival Manual. When disaster strikes, time is of the essence. The Ultimate Survival Manual has 333 skills that will get you out alive whether you're facing a disaster in the wilderness or an urban catastrophe.

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from peteyraymond 10/30/2012 at 06:20pm

Good point gmarkum. However, an elderly or infirm person might have difficulty holding on in a strong current. Perhaps having them tie the rope higher up around their chest (right under their armpits) might be a better alternative.

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from gmarkum 8/29/2012 at 07:55am

It is generally not recommended to tie the rope around the victim's waist as it will drag them below the surface if the rope gets caught on something in the water. A better option is to tie a loop and run your wrist through and hold the two sides of the loops. This allows for a very firm anchor but also gives you the option of getting free of the line should you have to. Be safe yall.

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from gmarkum 8/29/2012 at 07:55am

It is generally not recommended to tie the rope around the victim's waist as it will drag them below the surface if the rope gets caught on something in the water. A better option is to tie a loop and run your wrist through and hold the two sides of the loops. This allows for a very firm anchor but also gives you the option of getting free of the line should you have to. Be safe yall.

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from peteyraymond 10/30/2012 at 06:20pm

Good point gmarkum. However, an elderly or infirm person might have difficulty holding on in a strong current. Perhaps having them tie the rope higher up around their chest (right under their armpits) might be a better alternative.

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