This reminded me of why, when setting up an abseil used for pure entertainement (as opposed to getting off some rock when abandoning a climb, for example) we always set up using a releasable abseil and safety line.
In reply to davidbeynon:
Not entirely sure he could have, to hbe honest- it looks like there is only a single line, and he is weighted on that line with the belay plate 9or whatever he was using) being jammed full of beardy stuff. He would have needed to take the weight off the belay device in oder to get the beard out and free it up....
> Call me a wuss but I'd ask that army chap to attach to me before poking scissors into my belay plate
Those trainers don't say army to me, I think he's just one of those chaps who likes to dress as if he might be in the army. Reminds me of that dodgy character who popped up on here a while back pretending to be an MRT type.
I recently had cause to cut a fully weighted rope and found it to be nothing like the catastrophic failure at the merest touch described in 'Touching the Void.' It was actually more of a prolonged sawing process that could be eeked out to the point of leaving a single strand of core if you so wanted.
But I would have set up a releaseable abseil as it could after all have been Santa's fingers in the belay device, not a fist full of slightly smelly, off white nylon beard.
> That is really bad, at about 50 seconds he actually lets go of the dead rope which could have ended very badly.
> I can't ever remember reading in a book that an effificent abseil rescue is to nevously hack away near the rope with a pair of nail scissors .
> This could have been an avoidable situation had an ID,Stop or Gri Gri been used or if they had hired a trained qualified company to do this.
Agreed, the whole thing looks amateurish in the extreme. No safety rope, nobody tailing on the ground, Santa not knowing to take a wrap round his leg before the problem got worse, rescuer not transferring Santa to his own line, hands off the dead rope, etc, etc, etc.
As you say, there are operators who do these kind of gigs routinely and with much better contingency planning than is exhibited here.
In reply to Jamie Bankhead: I'm just glad it wasn't a story about someone decking out infront of a large crown.As you say so many ways this could be avoided but also remedied safely and quickly. Why didnt the rescuer just drop a pre rigged haul rope down and lift the stuck santa enough to release him?
> Why didnt the rescuer just drop a pre rigged haul rope down and lift the stuck santa enough to release him?
Presumably because if he'd been thinking that far ahead, it would have been a releasable abseil (as in the title of the thread) and no "rescue" would have been necessary. He could simply have lowered Santa, who would have appeared to the crowd to still be abseiling.
> (In reply to davidbeynon)
> Not entirely sure he could have, to hbe honest- it looks like there is only a single line, and he is weighted on that line with the belay plate 9or whatever he was using) being jammed full of beardy stuff. He would have needed to take the weight off the belay device in oder to get the beard out and free it up....
Stephanie Maynard, **marketing manager** at the centre, said Santa was not hurt.
"He could have just taken his beard off and let himself down but he was such a professional and he didn't want to let the children down," she said.
Think the bit with 2 *s either side of it explains a lot. ()
In reply to Sarah G: Presumbaly Santa could have self rescued without loss of face(beard) if he'd just had a large prussik loop he could have stepped into to unweight the belay plate and free his beard... seems prefereable to the scissors...