Vital preparations and checks 1

Helicopters are frequently used for Search and Rescue operations.
It is important that you strictly follow the instruction of the helicopter crew, as they know when and how a rescue is safely and efficiently performed.
To facilitate the rescue operation, some vital preparations can be carried out before the arrival of the helicopter. If you are still in the boat, try to keep a heading of 35 to 45 degrees off the wind.
In case no motor power is available you can slowly drift down by streaming the sea anchor from the bow or by lowering the anchor and chain.
In both cases, have your sails lowered, so that the helicopter will not be entangled in your gear.