The newest most efficient technique to a throw bag Rescue
I recently can across a new throw bag technique for Swift Water Rescue called the TRU method. The method was developed by a graduate student of the Adventure Diploma Program at Thompson Rivers University and is now used by Swift Water Rescue Trainers and Technicians and promoted by NRS. It has been adopted primarily as a fast and efficient replacement to the butterfly coil on a second throw bag rope throw.
The principle to Swift Water Rescue is operate in a Swiftwater Rescue according to the three fundamental Matrixes.
1. Personal Priority Matrix
2. Low to High Risk Matrix
3. Simple to Complex Matrix
The TRU method appies to the ‘Low to High Risk Matrix’ and assists a rescue to remain at Low risk.
LOW to HIGH Risk Matrix:
Low Risk: Rescue assisted from shore
Higher Risk: Rescue assisted by water
Highest Risk: Rescue assisted by complex rope systems and helicopters known as an ‘air’ or ‘above water’ response.
Steps to Perform the TRU Method
1. Take the of the rope in your throwing hand and pinch it between your thumb and your finger
2. Bend your arm at a 90 degree angle. Bring the rope down and wrap the rope across your elbow beginning on the outside.
3. Lift the rope up. Wrap across your wrist, beginning on the outside.
4. This should create an X with the rope displayed on the outside of your forearm.
5. Repeat steps 1-3 several times. Remember to leave the rope loose when wrapping around your arm for an easy release.
6. Release the coil from your arm. This can be done easily by straightening your arm.
7. Shake out the X that was created form the coil
8. Throw your rope to your subject in need of rescue.
9. Practice to increase speed and accuracy.
***Editor Note: The information above does not supplement a swift water rescue course. All activities in a white water environment are inherently dangerous.
The environmental features that create Swiftwater are complex and require extensive knowledge. Performing a rescue in such situations requires training, practice, experience and judgment. This information is directed to those who are currently trained in Swiftwater Rescue. If interested in performing Rescue Techniques in a live scenario, please contact your local Swiftwater Rescue organization to register for a course.