Specialized water rescue tool will help Penticton Search and Rescue crews

Hamish Reidie prepares to demonstrate Penticton Search and Rescue's line gun on the Penticton River Channel.
Image Credit: Penticton Search and Rescue

PENTICTON - Here is one tool local rescue units may find handy during spring freshet.

Penticton Search and Rescue has a new line gun. The gun is used to shoot a small line across a river, and is used to aid victims in river rescue.

Member Kelvin Hall says a small line such as a parachute cord is fired from the gun across the river at a 45 degree angle.

“If you’re in a rescue, you must angle the shot, or it won’t work,” he says.

Once the initial line is fired, progressively larger lines can be pulled across the river, until a line stout enough to act as a containment line can be set up.

Hamish Reidie demonstrated the the use of new tool recently. Check out the video and see for yourself how this unique piece of equipment works.




Hamish demos the 'line across gun' -BOOM! Awesome piece of equipment. Posted by Penticton & District Search & Rescue on Monday, April 20, 2015

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