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leg, under the foot and over the foot of the other leg.
Pressure of one foot against the other regulates the speed
of descent. Hand under hand method may be used or
the hands may slide together, taking a firm hold when
foot pressure stops the descent. If the hands are dis-
abled the rope is hugged with the arms, possibly with a
half turn around one arm and with the other arched
against it to check the slip.
 Rope lies along outside of one leg, under foot of that leg,
and over foot of other leg. Pressure of feet regulates descent.
Figure 19. Leg grips on loose ropes.
(b) Secure foot grip (fig. 19 . This grip is best for
long descents where the arms may need to be rested.
The rope drops between the legs and across the instep
of one foot. The other foot steps on the rope where it
crosses the instep and, by applying pressure, grasps or
d. Knotted ropes. (1) Ropes used for abandoning
ship usually have knots at frequent intervals. (See fig.
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