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Rescue Series: Foot Entrapment Strategies

In Part 10 of R3: Rescue for River Runners, swiftwater rescue instructor Jim Coffey covered accessing the condition of a foot entrapment victim. Here in Part 11, he introduces foot entrapment strategies for making the rescue. Itís important to move quickly, but first we must answer two questions: do we have the skill level to perform the rescue, and is the rescue within an acceptable level of risk for the rescue team? Whether the victim has an airway or is face down in the water is also a vital part of the assessment and intensity of the rescue tempo.

From our lawyers: The series is a supplement to, not a substitute for, hands-on training classes.