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Entrapment Scenario

Entrapment Scenario

Foot or body entrapment rescue can be one of the more challenging and time sensitive problems we as swiftwater responders have to deal with. In such cases, the initial size up  is imperative, and should determine 3 things: 1) scene safety 2) Victim heads up or heads down 3) available resources. There are many more parameters to take into account, but  these three will help shape your response, and facilitate  a quick ‘go’ or ‘no go’ decision. When it is an option, walking or wading to a victim is often the fastest and simplest method of access. Hands on stable is the ideal way to stabilize an airway. Once accessed and stabilized, victim extraction/transport is the next step. With any swiftwater scenario remember to have upstream spotter/s and downstream safety. The scene will change, and whatever does, be prepared to manange it with propper downstream backup.

The photos below show successful implementation of an entrapment rescue from last spring during an SRT-1 / SRT-A in Yosemite National Park. Notice the progression, and how the rescuers are deployed to accomplish specific tasks to facilitate the whole rescue.

The first responders in the water quickly accessed me by wading, and got my head up. From there, a second wading team reached the first, and focused on extraction and getting me to shore. A rope was used to assist in the transport to shore where responders waited to provide further treatment. Fast, simple, safe. Objective complete.

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