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Date of Incident

01/04/2023

Country

England

Incident

After abseiling the first abseiling in the Lost World with a third hand, the lead abseiler was to protect the subsequent abseilers by tailing the rope. Once down, the to-be-third abseiler called down telling the lead abseiler to video the second abseiler's descent.
Without registering the consequencies of this, they begin recording and moving to a better view away from the rope. After the second abseiler was halfway down, the lead abseiler realises their error and hastly returns to tail the ropes.
Luckily, no incident occurred.

Lessons

Remembering agreed responsibilities to others and considering the consequencies of actions.
A step to prevent this happening would be for the lead abseiler staying tied into the system with their abseil device and third hand, preventing them from walking off. This would allow two way of arresting a fall: pulling the rope by hand or by body weight.

Activity

Other

When

Injury

No injury

Causes

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

Rescue Services Involved?

N/a

Author

19 June 2023 at 14:54:04

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