Originally Posted by chala
A storm at sea is not different than any other events
that require rescuers. A rescue operation must be a safe operation.
Not sure how many at sea rescues you have participated in or supervised...but after at least several thousand during 35 years of USCG/Assistance towing & salvage
....I can only agree part of your statement.
Often the rescue is done well outside normal operating limits of machines and well outside the normal training limits of the crews. While this isn't normally unsafe as we know people and machinery do it all the time...there is "risK" involved so using the word safety
is old school
. The newer terminology is risk management (unless they have come up with something even newer). You manage the risks to minimize but not eliminate dangerous activity and hope that the crew and machinery perform at the required level.
When bad things happen it's usually because of a compounding of issues that get out of the control of the rescuers or mission commander (if off scene).
PS...oh by the way...I'm talking trained rescue crews and the proper equipment
(too a point)...rescue by the average merchant/commecial vessel or by fellow recreational boaters requires an even higher degree of risk management.