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Accompanied descent rescue with the RIG

In case of a work emergency, a rapid evacuation solution for a single victim is an accompanied descent done by a co-worker.

Warnings

  • Read the technical notice before viewing the following techniques.
  • It is important to fully understand the information provided in the technical notice before using this complementary information
  • Mastering these techniques requires training.
  • Consult a professional before attempting to perform these techniques on your own.

The RIG can be used to control a 2-person descent, up to the maximum load of 200 kg. For improved control, the rope must pass through a braking carabiner.

RIG: maximum load.
RIG: maximum load.

The rescuer transfers the victim's weight to the rescuer's descender, then controls the tandem descent.

RIG: the rescuer transfers the victim's weight.
RIG: the rescuer transfers the victim's weight.

Example of a technique for transferring the victim's weight:

RIG: transferring the victim's weight, example 1/7.

Victim suspended on his/her RIG

RIG: transferring the victim's weight, example 2/7.

The rescuer descends on the rope that is not under tension.

RIG: transferring the victim's weight, example 3/7.

The rescuer connects him/herself to the victim with a lanyard and removes the victim's ASAP (the rescuer's energy absorber must be suitable for two-person use).

RIG: transferring the victim's weight, example 4/7.

The rescuer connects the victim's sternal point to his her/own RIG with a short link (lanyard or single carabiner).

RIG: transferring the victim's weight, example 5/7.

The rescuer operates the victim's RIG to unload the victim's rope, transferring the victim's weight to the rescuer's RIG.

RIG: transferring the victim's weight, example 6/7.

The rescuer removes the victim's RIG.

RIG: transferring the victim's weight, example 7/7.

The rescuer controls the descent with his/her RIG and a braking carabiner.