breeches buoy


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breeches buoy

a ring-shaped life buoy with a support in the form of a pair of short breeches, in which a person is suspended for safe transfer from a ship

breeches buoy

[′brich·əz ‚bȯi]
(naval architecture)
A device for carrying people from a stranded ship to shore or between ships.
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The mariner attempts to save the survivor with the use of the breeches buoy.
The brigade rescued a record 261 crew by breeches buoy in 1940 when the destroyers HMS Ashanti and Farne ran aground off Whitburn.
The Adelfotis <BII rescue in 1963, featuring a breeches buoy.
The group has the distinction of being the first such organisation in the world to use the breeches buoy to save life from shipwreck in the wreck of the schooner Tenterden on April 2, 1866 - the year the brigade was founded.
The wreck of the Adelfotis was also the last time the breeches buoy was used by the brigade in an actual shipwreck.
Soaked, hungry and shivering with the cold, the eight boys were slowly and precariously hauled by breeches buoy across the river to safety.
At this point Blyth Voluntary Lifesaving Company, who had been ferried over the river by four boatmen, shot their lines onto the stricken vessel and quickly rigged up a breeches buoy.
Events such as the Wreck and Rescue Day (August 21) will demonstrate how shipwrecked sailors were saved, using rope techniques such as the breeches buoy to take them safely from their sinking vessels.
I can now set up a breeches buoy by myself but so far I haven't been called to a major incident.
Now the brigade is called out for cliff rescue, breeches buoy rescue and coastal search and rescue.
Tugs could not get near so a line was shot aboard and the 23 crew and a puppy were rescued by breeches buoy.