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sonnel from floating equipment, which shows a witre
light. The whistle, worn at all times fastened to al
cord around the neck, also is valuable to attract atten-
tion. Immersion in salt water for a long time may affect
the voice but it will still be possible to blow a whistle.
Carbon dioxide life belts are ordinarily issued to am-
phibious troops. Description apd use of these belts are
detailed in paragraph 95.
17. LIFE NETS. a. GereraL Life nets or cargo nets are
normally hung over the side of a ship and are used as
broad ladders for disembarking into landing craft or
abandoning ship. Their width allows four to six men
to climb down abreast, and all men should know how
to use them quickly and safely.
b. Descending nets. Four to six men abreast start
over the ship's side simultaneously, left foot first. The
left foot is always swung over first whether descending
from our own or allied vessels. When the first line of
soldiers has descended halfway, another line starts over
the side. Thus there are always a line of soldiers start-
ing over the side, a line halfway down, and a line at
the lower end of the net.
c. Methods of descending. There are two methods
of climbing down life nets.
(1) Hands grasp a single vertical strand, the feet being
on the horizontal strands on either side of the vertical
strand. (See fig. 14 .)
(2) Hands grasp the outside strands of a group of
three vertical strands, the feet being on either side of
the center strand. (See fig. 14 .)
(3) In either method the man grasps vertical, not
horizontal, strands of the net so that his hands will not
be stepped on by a man descending above him. Hands
are well above the head, head up, feet skipping one
square at a time. Longer steps slow the descent. Look
up, not down.
d. Dropping from net. In vessels not combat-loaded
the nets may not reach the water and it may be neces-
sary to drop from the end of the net. To drop from the
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