• Welcome to ScubaBoard

  1. Welcome to ScubaBoard, the world's largest scuba diving community. Registration is not required to read the forums, but we encourage you to join. Joining has its benefits and enables you to participate in the discussions.

    Benefits of registering include

    • Ability to post and comment on topics and discussions.
    • A Free photo gallery to share your dive photos with the world.
    • You can make this box go away

    Joining is quick and easy. Login or Register now by clicking on the button

SAR network - an idea.

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by Michael McKinney, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Regular of the Pub

    This isn't statistics, obviously, but how many of them vanish on the surface stage of the dive? It's not clear that in the incident that spawned this thread (or for that matter Anne Lynn's) a PLB would be of any use to anyone... I'd rent one for dollar a day if I were, say, going to shore dive on one of the tips of Bonaire, but even at that cost I wouldn't bother for "inner" dives, or boat dives on Klein.
  2. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    Montana, Texas? Not the lunar crater I'm sure. You can add location to your profile if you'd like to.

    Whichever state, no, a PLB would be more of a safety feature driving thru dead spots to & from the dive site.
  3. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Regular of the Pub

    Over down under they rent/have sat. phones for such trips.
  4. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    Did you view the pair of videos posted comparing devices?
  5. fsardone

    fsardone Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Rome, Italy
    My avatar might give you an hint upon my activities.
    At a given point in my life I had a SAR squadron working for me.
    We were allocated a number of sorties and flying hours and events.
    It did not matter if for real of training events. So we were doing the job for real or for training. We could never exhaust the events and flying hours (thanks God) for real events ...
    Bob DBF, DandyDon and Akimbo like this.
  6. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Greater Philadelphia, PA
    Note: Originally from the PLBs Can Save Your Life thread, but this linked author has relevant information that includes (and crosses boundaries between) General SAR/Survival, Visual Search, and Radio Distress Devices so I am x-posting in these related threads as well:
    - Search and Rescue - Lasers and Signaling Devices
    - SAR network - an idea.
    If you haven't been following the other discussions in the group, it might be worth your while to look at them for a more rounded take on the various aspects.

    Thank you for posting this!!!!

    His articles (main lists here: Articles, Blogs, and Rants & https://www.soundingsonline.com/voices/lifelines-safety-and-rescue-at-sea) are a great resource covering multiple aspects of Sea Survival & SAR.

    I'm pulling out a few specific ones here that I found to be very relevant to the ongoing discussions ...
    Radio Distress Devices:
    - EPIRBs Do Not Save Lives (article originally linked by @rjack321)
    - https://www.soundingsonline.com/voices/epirb-ais-satellite
    - https://www.soundingsonline.com/ask-mario-videos/ask-mario-epirbs-vs-satellite-tracking-devices
    - Over Here! Being Found is About Being Seen
    - Giving Up: Why the Coast Guard Quits Looking
    - https://www.soundingsonline.com/voices/cold-hard-facts
    Akimbo likes this.
  7. Resqdivemedic

    Resqdivemedic Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: chepachet, RI USA
    After reading through the thread and seeing all the ideas being discussed, I think this is an excellent idea and I would like to help in any way possible. I have been involved in the Fire/Rescue/EMS field for over 30 years with the last 19 heading up a public safety dive team. I would be interested in helping with the checklist mentioned below:
    As far as funding, I know that some teams bill for services while others do not. My team only bills for vehicle recoveries through the owners insurance company. We do not bill for rescues or body recoveries. I think a project like this would have to seek donations as a funding resource. Just my 2 cents.I will look into how land based SAR teams, especially volunteer, get funding.
    DandyDon likes this.
  8. Diver_Dave_MB

    Diver_Dave_MB Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Atlanta
    This is something I want to get behind!
    I work at one of the largest Public Hospitals in the US, and the biggest improvements we have seen in patient care come from an optimized workflow.
    (Even if we can publish standardized SAR guidelines to give out to locals, it could be a game changer.)

    I would be happy to communicate with the emergency leaders on how to best integrate with EMS, or leverage any other healthcare contacts I have that can benefit this group.
    From a technical standpoint I can help with hosting and would be willing to contribute some funding.

    Let me know how I can help!
    DandyDon likes this.
  9. Rred

    Rred Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: In a safe place
    Billing practices and policies for EMA and SAR have been changing. In Yellowstone they have discussed billing for helo rescues for a long time. In many states, EMS responders can only charge if they transport the patient. If the patient can't afford an $800 ride, they can say "No thanks, I'll call Uber" and folks are actually doing that.
    In NH, I think it has been 6? 8? years now, the state has had a fairly rational program that includes posting some of the wilderness areas. They're very up front about it: If you get caught by a surprise out of season blizzard and can't walk out...no problem. If you hike in without the right gear and get caught the same way in early January...you'll get a whopping bill for it. From what I've heard, this has been working for them.
    Of course the USCG policy of "Hey, we'd rather have you call us while you're alive" and doing it all for free is nice--but there's a limit to how many organizations can spend how many hundred grand searching for the clueless folks, too.
  10. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Regular of the Pub

    If only we could get every money-earning resident to chip in a little to pay for these useful services like Coast Guard, or Park Rangers...

Share This Page