Rescue Ropes Are Not All the Same

Throw Bag
Polypropylene, buoyant rescue ropes (usually in throw bags) can be quite different from one another.

  • Diameter - thicker is better to hold on to
  • Stronger - if you need to unpin a canoe you want a very strong rope
  • Visibility - it should be easily visible (yellow is standard)
  • Stretch - only high priced ropes such as Spectra are more 'static'. Pure polypropylene stretch like a rubber band under big loads
  • Easy to throw - Smaller people have trouble throwing big throw bags


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