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ResQmax-From the code of 46 CFR 192.45


From the Code of 46 CFR 192.45 :

8.4 LINE THROWING APPLIANCE AND RESCUE BOAT

Most research vessels have a need for these items of lifesaving equipment which exceed the regulatory requirements. The handling of oceanographic equipment poses a high risk of a person on deck falling overboard, and a vessel with equipment over the side is usually not able to maneuver freely to make a recovery. All vessels should maintain a capability to recover a person in the water, by means of a rescue boat or a line-throwing appliance, or both, depending on the vessel's operating characteristics and responses to weather and sea conditions. In addition a personnel lifting device may be a necessary item to assist in recovery. Reliability and speed are the main criteria for developing a recovery capability.

There are, on the approved equipment list, rocket propelled, cannister type, line-throwing appliances which are relatively inexpensive to procure and maintain, but must be replaced every three years. The shoulder gun type has a higher initial cost, and greater maintenance requirements. However, it has the advantage of allowing more that one shot with out having multiple units. One gun can be provided with several projectiles and canisters of line. At least one reload should be available if a line-throwing appliance is carried. Training in the use of the line throwing gun or device should be held quarterly and logged. Uninspected vessels should actually fire these devices at a frequency appropriate to maintain proficiency. (46 CFR 192.45)

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