Odd but last night I was channel surfing the boob tube and came across a TV show called "In Harm's Way" not the movie
but a TV show and it was about the USCG rescue swimmers operating out of Alaska
. Very interesting as it showed the extensive training they go through and continue in even after they attain the rating. Looks like it would kill most people... I know I could probably not have done it in my Prime... if I ever had one... can't remember that far back.
The show was actual footage of them on rescue calls and showed several "jumps" from the choppers... they are actually a short distance from the water
when they jump... maybe 20 feet or so above the waves. It also showed them rescue a sick passenger off the bow of a big cruise ship
by lowering the rescue tech to the deck
by cable and then lift
the sick passenger then another lift
of the rescue tech/ swimmer.
One thing that was a surprise to me is the swimmer is aware that if conditions go bad or the number of rescues fill the chopper... he is to be left in the water
until picked up by some other means. He is expected to spend up to 16 hours alone in the water or more.... now that takes guts and my hat is off to them. Hope I never need assistance but nice to know that a possibility exist in some areas.