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 breeches buoy was the main hope of rescue but, after only three people had been brought ashore, the lines became tangled and the coastguards were not able to clear them.
The brigade was the first such organisation anywhere in the world to use to the breeches buoy equipment to save life from shipwreck.
Among the collections are wooden tally boards that were fixed to the line of the breeches buoy, which was fired across ships by rocket.
Also planned is a re-enactment of an old rope rescue method called breeches buoy to pay tribute to the work of the Brigade's original members and to showcase the skill needed to carry out a rescue in the 19th century.
The rescue of the crew of the Lebanese steamer is believed be the last time that a shore-based breeches buoy was used in the North East to save life from a shipwreck.
The teams shot lines on to the ship and used a breeches buoy - a canvas sack attached to a lifebelt - to bring the men to safety.
Today we feature the cargo steamer Adelfotis II, when 23 men and a puppy were rescued by breeches buoy after it ran aground at South Shields north foreshore, at the mouth of the Tyne .
This was the first major shipwreck in the area since the Second World War and is also believed to be the last time a shore-based breeches buoy was used to save lives in the North East.
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.
Chris, 60, added: "It was getting pretty desperate until an angler cast his line across and we managed to set the breeches buoy up.