|Title||Immersion Victim Search Length|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||1997|
|Conference Name||International Medical-Rescue Conference|
|Publisher||International Life Saving Federation|
|Conference Location||San Diego, California, USA|
One of the most difficult decisions confronting a rescuer or Search and Rescue (SAR) coordinator is how long to continue the search for victims. The possibility that there may be an outside chance of a survivor still just hanging on to the last vestige of life is a powerful emotional drive to continue the search operation, even though those conducting the rescue search may be approaching their limits of safe endurance. Conversely, the potential danger, to tired rescue crews operating in adverse conditions, of unnecessarily continuing the search long after there is any realistic hope of survival through fear of adverse litigation must also be considered. Regrettably, no precise mathematical formula exists to predict survival times with any certainty. Some crude guidelines have been published over the years giving predicted survival curves but how reliable is such information? This paper will examine some such survival times and discuss their limitations.