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Rescue Index

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Instructions: Move the mouse over each knot. Look at the description to find out what it can be used for. Click on the knot you wish to see. On the new page wait until the selected knot starts to tie itself.

Pictures of Rescue Knots Index
Rescue Knots Index

Rescue Knots Index

Index of Animated Search and Rescue Knots

This page provides an Index of Animated Search and Rescue Knots. Above, the photo of each knot is a link to its Interactive Step by Step Animation. The picture on the right shows all of these knots for a quick reference.

Welcome to Search and Rescue Knots


This selection of knots was suggested by Greg Felton who requested a section devoted to Search and Rescue (SAR). We initially supposed that this selection would just be a subset of the climbing page. However, Greg introduced me to the Tensionless Hitch as well as the Emergency Webbing Harness and we decided that a section devoted to SAR would be appropriate.

The final selection of knots is based on consultation with, and advice from, people working in Search and Rescue.


As with Climbing knots, the emphasis for SAR is on reliability and safety. It is also desirable that each knot can be untied reasonably easily.

Make a selection from the images above or go to the Options Page.

Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; 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 material.

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