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Rescue Knots

Here is a list of knots useful in search and rescue (SAR) and survival situations. Ropes and knots are the main tools for a rescue team and thus a knowledge of knots is indispensable for a rescuer. Knowing how to tie the correct knot is essential. Practice these knots until they're second nature! You should have a length of rope in your hand to practice with while viewing these knots. Practice as you read. Mouse-over a knot name in the list below to see a description of that knot.

Disclaimer: Any activity involving rope can be dangerous and may even be life threatening! Knot illustrations contained in this web site are not intended for rock climbing instruction. Many knots are not suitable for the risks involved in climbing. Where failure could cause property damage, injury, or death, seek professional instruction prior to use. Many factors affect knots including: the appropriateness of knots and rope materials used in particular applications, the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this content.