Originally Posted by Hendu13
But couldn't it be used by rescuer trying to rescue the wearer i think would be more my point?
As a past swiftwater rescue instructor, the vest would be fine with the belt and proper training, if the wearer lacks the training just pull the belt and ring and wear it as a standard vest, the rescue vests tend to have higher flotation that a regular vest.
The ring would be mainly used in a Tyrolean setup where the rescuer is lowered into the water and held by a rope from the back and held against the current to effect a rescue.
No one without the proper skills should be trying this in the first place.
Let me say that again, No one without the proper skills should be trying this in the first place.
Truth be told, in 40 years of boating, I used this method once in real life to rescue a kayak that was upside down on a rock in Clear Creek. Larger rivers simply don't lend themselves to this due to the distance between banks and the length of ropes needed, most folks don't own 2 ea 300 foot lines and a 200 foot haul line, let alone know how to set 3 point anchors etc, etc, etc...
There are other uses for the ring, but I won't go into them here. It's pretty sketchy to be dangling on the end of a rope attached to your PFD, hence the quick release the wearer can employ when shit starts to go sideways.
My 2¢, your mileage may vary, and yes, I wear a rescue vest.