MONTH 13-14 LESSON - Rescue Drills
Entered by: Arolos BoD
Date: 2005-01-14 Relevant to: Arolos
Summary: "We have Rescue techniques to practice today." B'lin called out as a few experienced riders joined them. "This will involve falling off your dragon in flight so we are kindly providing you with ropes so you don't have to try and learn to fly on your own. You all will have one and we will do this exercise over the sea just in case something goes wrong and a rope snaps. Never the less, tie the rope under your arms and attach like so to your harness and the supporting dragon neck spur of your lifemate as a back up... like so." He demonstrated and then had them tie the knot carefully, checking each one until he was satisfied. "Now in Fall, with the best will in the world, if your life mate veers and your harness snaps or is scored you can be thrown. The most likely dragons to have this happen are the greens and blues because of the speed and maneuvers that they can do. You can catch a falling Rider either with your Dragons forelegs, in a back grip, from above or by diving under them and breaking their fall, either is acceptable. When you fall yourself you must immediately try and get your Lifemate to shout for help and a rescuer will come. Now, second form of rescue we will do is a dragon rescue. This is essentially for the Bronze, Browns or Golds. Out of appropriate dragon will assist. A Brown can rescue a green or a small blue if they are sizeable, a Bronze is preferred for a blue, and most definitely for a brown. Ideally a gold will come for a Brown or a Bronze injury, but in case they are not available two browns or two bronzes or a brown and a bronze for a larger dragon. The method is to dive past and to try and get the injured dragon to cling to your dragons back behind the wings. In the event of a double-team rescue, one can go below, and one above trying to provide left, or both can be below slightly staggered to break the fall. Not very elegant BUT it can save lives. Right then if you have got all that... let go aloft and begin!" And at his signal the Weyrlings took flight.
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