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rescue swimmer brett fogle hangs from a helicopter hoist cable over the river in Elizabeth City North Carolina

When All Else Fails: Broken Cables, Lost Hooks, and Options

Though the mission had started out easy enough, three hours later it was the single worst moment of my life and by far my worst day in a helicopter. We were 240 miles offshore. It was pitch black, freezing cold, my best friend, Mike, was in the water and the hoist cable was – strand-by-strand …

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Dynamic Rollout: An Unnecessary Risk

I operated as a helicopter rescue swimmer for almost a decade before hearing the phrase “ring rollout.” When you consider that the hoist-hook installed on U.S. Coast Guard aircraft at the time was the Mil-Spec hook pictured above and the most dangerous hook available, my ignorance of the concept is sobering. Dynamic Rollout or Ring Rollout – …

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