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Old 06-05-2019, 11:57 AM
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Officials are now considering bringing in outsiders who will be able to provide a safer form of rescue in the future.

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Was there a problem with getting someone down to the patient? Normally, a second line is attached to the stokes and held by somebody while the patient is brought up to the helicopter -- the second line is there precisely to ensure that turbulence or sudden wind gusts don't cause the stokes and patient to rotate.
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tl;dr: something failed

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"Sometimes, when we bring the helicopter up from the ground, it will start to spin. We have a line attached to the basket to help prevent that. Today, it didn't. The basket started to spin." said Paul Apolinar, a chief pilot with the Phoenix Police Department. "It's something that's a known phenomenon in the hoist rescue industry, so we train for it. We did a couple of procedures to stop it, mitigate it, and be able to eventually get her into the basket."

"This has happened in the past, but it's been quite a while," said a Phoenix Police pilot who Apolinar said flew the helicopter during the rescue operation. "In the past, we kind of learned some of the techniques to get rid of it, and one -- you probably actually see it in the video -- is when they start to lower the load, and it actually does start to stop, and then we slowly brought it back up, but it gets into the same downwash from the aircraft, started to spin again."
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We have a smilie for that.

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If you like bestiaries, the Aberdeen University one is on-line in glorious high-resolution zoomable colour. :prettycolors:

Here's Adam naming a few animals - this one is about eight pages in. Some pages are blank or faded but don't be put off - keep going and the images only get better.



You can see a translation for the page you're viewing. Here's the write up on the Hyena - the picture shows one stood on top of a reclining unfortunate woman (I think it's a woman), and eating her shoulder.

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There is an animal called the hyena, which inhabits the tombs of the dead and feeds on their bodies. Its nature is that it is sometimes male, sometimes female, and it is therefore an unclean animal. Since its spine is rigid, all in one piece, it cannot turn round except by turning its body right around. Solinus recounts many marvellous things about the hyena. First, it stalks the sheepfolds of shepherds and circles their houses by night, and by listening carefully learns their speech, so that it can imitate the human voice, in order to fall on any man whom it has lured out at night. The hyena also [imitates] human vomit and devours the dogs it has enticed with faked sounds of retching. If dogs hunting the hyena accidentally touch its shadow behind, they lose their voices and cannot bark. In its search for buried bodies, the hyena digs up graves. The sons of Israel resemble the hyena. At the beginning they served the living God. Later, addicted to wealth and luxury, they worshipped idols. For this reason the prophet compared the synagogue to an unclean animal: 'My heritage is to me as the den of a hyena.' (see Jeremiah, 12:8) Therefore those among us who are slaves to luxury and greed, are like this brute, since they are neither men nor...
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Ok, that paragraph took a surprise turn.
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I didn't know you had raccoons and possums in Luxembourg.
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We don't have possums anymore, obviously.
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Okay, it's like this...

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spaghetto - Wiktionary

Huh. Singular of spaghetti.
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