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Is there anything I can do to increase the probability to be rescue by a helicopter?

  • Release Date:2016-05-05
  • Source:NASC
  • Constant updates of information and confirmation the current location (coordinates)
  • Stay at an open place or clearing for better identification from the air
  • Stay at upwind to guide the helicopter in.

Taiwan is a mountainous island surrounded by ocean. Many people love mountain hiking or having fun at a beach. One careless mistake could easily lead to danger. Is there anything to do to increase the chance to be rescue in case of an emergency? The National Airborne Service Corps have the following suggestions.
First, confirm your whereabouts by including the coordinates of your location in the information update. Use a map or GPS to find the coordinates. Check the geodetic datum system when relaying your coordinates, and include the orientation, distance and altitude of the location and terrain features nearby. Next, report the information using a piece of communication device (such as radio, cell phone or satellite phone). Describe the locations of obstacles on the ground and weather conditions.
Before the aircraft arrives, you should go to an open place, vintage point of ridge line (where there is a good view). Direct the aircraft with significant landmarks for direction and distance. Start a smoke signal or flare for better identification before the aircraft arrives. Alternatively, flags or reflective objects are good means as well. As the aircraft is approaching or arriving within your sight, you should relay your location to the aircraft (for example, radio or cell phone). Report the wind direction/speed (with a radio, cell phone or satellite phone, if any) to the aircraft. Stay at upwind and guide the aircraft in. Approach the aircraft by following the hand signals or guidance of air crew as the helicopter lands.
The weathers change constantly in the mountains of Taiwan. Therefore, the rescue missions are mostly carried up in the morning where the helicopters are less susceptible to the mountain weathers. Those who are waiting for help are advised to ration the food and water, reserve energy and stay warm. Use a life-saving device or grab anything floating near you to increase the chance of survival if the incident happens at sea.