The Balcan Emergency Life Line

Remarkable Rescues

Saved by the BELL Two remarkable rescues.

These examples of rescues which saved 3 lives confirm that the simplicity of use, range and accuracy of B.E.L.L s offer advantages over all other types of lifesaving aids such as lifebuoys, throw-bags and quoit & line.

Niagara Falls in a barrel drama

"The two subjects who occupied the barrel abandoned it when it started to fill with water at the end of the Three Sisters Island 200 yards above the Horseshoe Falls and approximately 100 feet from shore in the white turbulent waters with a current of 25 miles per hour. They were able to grab hold of some small branches located on a tiny island and the barrel proceeded down river and over the Falls. A lifeline (B.E.L.L) was thrown by Officer D.Page to the stranded subjects. They used this to haul in a stronger line and were advised to secure it around themselves".

Niagara Falls

"The Niagara Falls Fire Department tried to use a 40 foot ladder to reach them to no avail. The National Guard Helicopter was of no use because the winds it created almost forced the two subjects back into the water.

At this point they both jumped into the water and were totally submerged. This necessitated our officers to immediately react by pulling the lifeline and entering the water to extract the victims and bring them to safety..

This report shall be sent to the United States Coast Guard for their review and possible action against the subjects".
Police report by Sgt. Donald Compton, 16th October 1986.

Rescue by Yacht at Sea

We were sailing 3 miles off the coast in choppy seas and force 5/6 winds, when we saw 3 men in the water from a sunken fishing boat.

Man holding an extended BELL

We stopped in the middle of the group. The B.E.L.L was thrown and landed right across the arms of the man 50/60 feet away. Despite being almost unconscious he wrapped it around his arm and we slowly pulled him to the edge of the boat. He later recovered despite having stopped breathing on his way to hospital.

Whilst we could have recovered him without the B.E.L.L, it would have involved manoeuvring the yacht to get alongside him which, in the rough seas would have taken another 2-3 minutes. In view of his condition it is unlikely that he would have survived the extra time in the water - another man had already died of hypothermia.

The accuracy of the B.E.L.L was very impressive, despite having been thrown by an unpractised crew member.
Report by Mr H.Granham of Whitby, 17th June 1980.