Itsas Erreskate Basea
Base de Salvamento Marítimo de Arriluze
Sea Rescue Station of Arriluze
Underwater Rescue Team of the Rescue Station of Arriluze is formed by twelve
volunteers reachable on their mobile phones 24 hours a day. These are what
we know as "divers in active", and this is normally the group responding
to all the underwater emergency calls, both at sea or at inner waters like
rivers or lakes.
of this, a monthly get together is organized by the members of this group
in order to renew their protocols, discuss their last actions and prepare
the next training exercises. Complying with these training exercises is
a compulsory requisite to be considered a "diver in active".
Therefore, this is a section where the understanding and co-operating with colleagues become vital, and that is precisely why so much effort is put on the preparation and completion of so successive training exercises.
Apart from this divers there are also other volunteers with diving licenses who are not part of the team of Rescue Divers. These are what we call "divers on reserve". These are usually the divers with less expertise, those who because of work or family matters can not attend the training sessions hold every 15 days, or those with limited availability who can not be full time reachable for any reason. Even though, this group can also be activated for an emergency if necessary and depending on each particular situation.
the underwater rescue works eight complete diving equipments are available
(air tanks, hydrostatic jackets and regulators with octopus), together
with their light equipments (finns, weights, masks and snorkels) and the
same number of reserve air tanks.
There are also all size neoprene suits, underwater lamps, marking buoys, searching lines and weights, decompression buoys, underwater gliders, ropes, depth visor, lanterns, ropes, etc.). Finally, we employ a very useful compressor to charge the air tanks on our own.
The Diving Team can also be activated and mobilized to any place inshore with the aid of our rescue Nissan Patrol, able to tow one of our class C boats on the road to whatever it would be necessary.
There is also another small fully inflatable boat available for these situations. It can be transported in its own back-pack and inflated with a single diving air tank at the place of the emergency. This boat has no rigid hull, which makes her really useful on shallow waters and lakes filled with vegetation.