Emergencies can happen anytime at an offshore workplace. It’s why courses such as basic offshore safety induction and emergency training or BOSIET are there to make sure trainees are taught the proper response should situations like this happen. Not being able to follow the tips and lessons could spell disaster for their future as a seafarer.
Part of the emergency response in these situations is the helicopter rescue. This is usually done for sea-related disasters. If you ever find yourself being potentially rescued like this, here are things you should remember.
Events such as these can be terrifying, but whatever you do, you must not let panic get to you. Letting the fear take center stage while an emergency is happening can severely delay your response, lessening the chances of a safe escape. Of course, this is easier said than done, especially since different people have different responses to a stressful event. Still, it’s important to be calm enough to lead the charge.
Keep the lines open
As you’re waiting for rescue to come, make sure communication stays intact as much as possible. They may need to relay instructions to you that are essential for safety, and you may need to relay details to them that will help make the rescue efforts more efficient. The communication between the two parties also means they can both update each other on the situation and respond based on that.
Evacuate in a calm and orderly fashion
Part of the evacuation process of an emergency crisis is the calm and orderly exit. This rings true even during helicopter rescues. Pushing each other around or trampling on other people to get to the helicopter will result in harming more lives. Make sure your actions are quick but careful so that you don’t end up causing more accidents.
Remember your training courses
Last but not the least, you should always have the lessons you learned in your BOSIET courses. The fact that you’ve passed certification and are currently working on a ship means that you are qualified and knowledgeable of the proper protocols for rescues. Use that to your advantage so that you may help save lives.
Even with the high stakes of a helicopter rescue, there are ways to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. Just remember the pointers above and you’re sure to be golden when the time for crisis comes.