Helicopter Rescue Strops
Military, Coast Guard and Civilian Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters are tasked with the recovery of survivors and casualties from the sea and other difficult or inaccessible locations. To support this requirement, HDT Airborne Systems developed a range of helicopter rescue harnesses to lower SAR crewmembers to survivors. These have been in service with the UK Royal Navy and RAF as well as many international search and rescue entities worldwide.
Helicopter Rescue Strop
- The helicopter rescue strop is a nylon strap fitted with D-rings at each end to attach the strop to the helicopter winch cable hook. A slider enables the strop to be drawn close to the body of the survivor. A handle enables the SAR crewperson to control and restrain the survivor.
Hypothermic Lift Strop
- The blue hypothermic lift strop, when used in conjunction with a standard yellow rescue strop, allows survivors suffering from hypothermia to be lifted horizontally into the aircraft, minimizing the risk of a post-rescue loss of blood pressure.