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Using your Life Raft

by Switlik on 14. Nov, 2017 in Life Rafts

Reprint from Latitutes & Attitudes
Captain Richard Switlik


What do I do if I need it? 

Now that you've installed your raft, how do you launch it when needed? Unfortunately, there is no method or sequence that is appropriate for all circumstances. Remember the lawyer’s saying, "Circumstances alter cases." The amount of time you have is the main thing to consider. Fire, the raft's location, how fast water is coming in, number and condition of crew, and wind and sea conditions all may alter your actions.

You should follow these basic steps, however, for virtually all situations:

A case where preparations were key to mariners’ safety

by Switlik on 13. Nov, 2017

Accidents at sea can and do happen. Being prepared for them can be a matter of life or death.

How to respond to person overboard

by Switlik on 27. Oct, 2017 in Marine

Most of us don’t want to consider the unthinkable while out sailing or cruising on the open waters, but accidents do happen and being prepared for emergencies, such as a person overboard, is essential to mariner safety.

According to the U.S. Sailing organization, “man overboard” is the third most nautical hail after “Land Ho!” and “Thar She Blows,” but it is clearly the most life-threatening.

Essential safety tips for chopper pilots

by Switlik on 17. Oct, 2017 in Aviation

Safety is the number one objective of the International Helicopter Safety Team. The organization’s mission is to educate and inform pilots and their passengers on how to stay safe while in flight, with the goal of reducing the number of accidents reported.

Drones causing issues, challenges for pilots

by Switlik on 04. Oct, 2017 in Aviation

The use of drones -- or Unmanned Aircraft Systems -- has become increasingly popular in recent years as technology advances and pricing have made them more accessible to individuals.

These high-tech devices continue to evolve and have made it much easier for novices to fly the drones. But with that accessibility comes more challenges -- especially for pilots. More and more pilots -- commercial as well as private ones -- are reporting issues related to drones.

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