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Old 07-14-2006   #11
Join Date: Jun 2006
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Improvisation is admirable, but tying someone into a line goes against the basic principles of river rescue. You may be ready to cut the line on your end, then your buddy gets to swim while trolling line. A much better solution would be to use a pfd with releasable ring or Mongo used to produce one that would go over any pfd. That way you can release without having to take the rope with you. Another option is to use a throw belt that has been positioned around the chest, you attach the rope to the belt and if need be you release the entire belt.

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Old 07-14-2006   #12
Join Date: Nov 2005
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I've used one in a swiftwater class and their a pretty nice tool... They are great at hooking a line if need be but I found it particularly nice to throw a line across a river since the hook is weighted and the rope is longer/ thinner than a throw bag. As for using one to tie in that seems sketch but yeah it would be great for snagginga grab loop or a line and a good throw could maybe hook an unconcious swimmer. Like i said though it is a tool and it all really depends on how you use it... I know people that like to use their throw bag to rescue their boat while swimming ie clipping to the boat then swimming I personally think that this practice is way sketch but they swear by it...

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