Coast Guard Boat Crew Seamanship Manual15-1
Chapter 15:Search AndRescueOverview
This chapter provides a general overview of the Search and Rescue(SAR) organization and basic skills and knowledge required to conductSAR operations as a boat crew member.A successful rescue mission depends on correct search planning andexecution. The dramatic image of a Coast Guard boat battling wind andsea in the dead of night to save a helpless mariner is only part of the story.The rest of the story involves collecting essential information, planningthe correct response, assessing the risk, selecting the proper search andrescue unit, and exercising proper safety precautions.
In this chapter
These items are discussed in this chapter:
AOrganization and Responsibility15-3BSAR Emergency Phases15-9CLegal Aspects and U.S. Coast Guard Policy15-11DSAR Incident Information15-23ESearch Planning15-31FSearch Preparations15-53GConducting A Search15-55
Specific policies, guidance, and technical information for SAR operations are inthe National Search and Rescue Manual COMDTINST M16120.5 & 6, and theCoast Guard Addendum to the National Search and Rescue ManualCOMDTINST M16130.2 (series).