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Flotilla 054-03-03
 Kilmarnock, Virginia

 

 

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RAPPAHANNOCK "10" ACCIDENT - 05JUL10

 

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MEMBER TRAINING ARCHIVE

 

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AUX 27137 & AUX AIR TEAM UP FOR MORE SURFACE/AIR SEARCH & RESCUE TRAINING ON 15MAY10

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AUX AIR CONDUCTING SEARCH & RESCUE PATTERNS WITH AUX 27137 ON THE RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER.

 

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AUXAIR LOCATES AUX 27137 ON THE RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER. NOTE HOW SMALL A 27' BOAT IS FROM THE AIR.

 

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AUX 27137 CIRCLES "OSCAR (THE VERY TINY DOT) AFTER AUXAIR COMPLETES SEARCH PATTERNS.

 

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AUX 27137 WITH SMOKE FLARE DURING SEARCH & RESCUE TRAINING DRILLS WITH AUXAIR.

 

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PAUL LASSANSKE AT THE HELM DURING SURFACE/AIR TRAINING.

 

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RITA THEISEN ATTEMPTS TO ATTRACT THE ATTENTION OF AUX AIR USING A SIGNAL MIRROR.

 

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"OSCAR" RECOVERED AFTER AUX AIR SEARCH PATTERN TRAINING (L to R): JACK BLAINE, RITA THEISEN, ANDY ERNST, & HOWARD MONTGOMERY.

 

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(L to R): JACK BLAINE, HOWARD MONTGOMERY, & RITA THEISEN DISCHARGE A GUN FLARE TO SIGNAL AUX AIR.  

 

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FLOTILLA 33 MEMBERS (L TO R) ANDY ERNST & JACK BLAINE SET OFF A SMOKE FLARE DURING SEARCH & RESCUE TRAINING. A VARIETY OF FLARES WERE SET OFF TO HELP TRAIN THE AIR OBSERVERS DETERMINE WHICH WERE MOST EFFECTIVE.

 

LESSONS LEARNED!

1) Always purchase the brightest color life jacket (PFD). It's very hard to find a person in the water from the air. International orange & bright yellow are the most visible. Darker blues, greens, reds, & black are nearly impossible to see from air or surface facilities.

2) It is easier to find a boat than a head in the water. If your boat capsizes, stay with the boat. If it sinks gather up all the floating debris (coolers, fenders, life jackets, etc.) and tie them together to make a larger more colorful target.

3) During low light conditions & after dark, reflective tape on life jackets enhances the probability of finding a person in the water. It is often much more effective than strobes & chem lights (but if your in the water after dark all 3 might be helpful, plus a few flares).

4) It is hard get the attention of an overhead aircraft. Handheld flares & gun flares are marginally effective in the daytime, whereas smoke flares are like a large orange arrow pointing to the problem.

 

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