If you see someone in the water
- Call 999.
- Never jump in the water to rescue someone.
- Get the throwline.
- Hold the end of the line in one hand and the bag in your other hand.
- Throw the bag so that it lands beyond the casualty.
- Shout to the casualty to grab hold of the line, not the bag.
- Once they have a good grip, stabilise yourself and pull them to safety.
- Wait for assistance before trying to lift the casualty from the water
How to use a throwline
[A person is in a river waving their arms and appearing to be in difficulty. A firefighter demonstrates how to use a throwline from the shore by following these steps]
If you see someone struggling in the water, call 999 immediately
Never jump in to rescue someone.
- The firefighter gets the throwline
- They hold the end of the line in one hand and throw the bag with the other hand
- They throw the bag beyond the casualty
- They shout to the casualty to grab the line, not the bag
- Once the casualty has a firm grip on the line, the firefighter stabilises themself and pulls the casualty to the shore.
They then wait for assistance.