Skip to comments.Taking on killers with prayers and a penknife (Brit breaks back trying to save girlfriend)
Posted on 11/29/2008 6:56:24 PM PST by libh8er
..Will, 28, said: I could only think of Kellys safety. Thats why I went first, to make sure the rope was okay.... The next thing I was on the ground looking at shards of bone sticking out of my wrist.
He broke three bones in his SPINE, shattered his PELVIS and broke BOTH ARMS horrifically. He has no sensation in his legs and doctors are concerned he may never walk again. Seconds after his fall, fire engines arrived to pluck Kelly from the blazing building on a hydraulic platform. The couples ordeal began on the final night of what had been an idyllic holiday. After two weeks in Indian beach paradise Goa they returned to Mumbai for a night in the luxury hotel before flying home.
(Excerpt) Read more at newsoftheworld.co.uk ...
Kelly comforts paralyzed will in hospital
betcha the satin sheets had something to do with it.
This totally sucks...Whatta guy! To think such gents are giving their fine country over to people who labectomize women...? Just wow.
Like the old saying goes, "If you don't know how to tie a knot, tie a lot!"
But gee whiz... Okay all you guys out there who don't know how to tie two ropes (or sheets) together, study this: The Double Fisherman's Knot. Absolutely the safest knot for the purpose, imo. Your life may someday depend on it.
You can easily make it a triple or quadruple fisherman's knot if it'll make you feel better, and a lot of climbers do when using rope. Don't trust your life to a simple sheet bend or a square knot or, god forbid, a granny knot! Also, if you're tying sheets together to shimmy down, and you have lots of sheets on hand, twist or braid two or three of them together for each section of your "rope."
Hope this poor guy isn't paralyzed for life.
another amazing story
Dog-eared for Sunday reading.
Clearly I never did my boy scout knot badge because my knots were rubbish.
Also, if you want to use bedsheets/curtains/blankets as a rope it would be best to fold them in half 3 to 5 times along the main axis so that they will hold more like rope. (that means they'll have 1/8 to 1/32 their normal width.)
I am absolutely no good at following these written instructions. I’ll have to find someone to show me in person.
They were probably working in the dark too, unless she had a flashlight in her purse.
The sheet bend (also known as becket bend, weaver's knot and weaver's hitch) is a type of knot, related in structure to the bowline. It is very fast to tie and is useful when joining two ropes of different diameters or a rope to a sheet corner. Along with the bowline and the clove hitch, the sheet bend is often considered one of the most essential knots, being shown as knot №1 in the Ashley Book of Knots. It is a more secure replacement for the reef knot (square knot), especially in its doubled variety.
If the two ropes to be tied are of very different diameters or rigidity, the double sheet bend holds more securely. The only difference is that the smaller rope wraps the larger rope twice. As with the standard sheet bend, the two free ends come out of the same side of the knot.
>I am absolutely no good at following these written instructions. Ill have to find someone to show me in person.
I provided two links, did you try them both? But it doesn’t matter, what you do is this:
1) Grab some (2) old shoelaces you won’t use anymore, or sections of rope.
2) Have scissors/knife handy.
3) Practice tying the knot, Like this:
A) Lay the two shoelaces in an X, one crossing the other.
B) Grab the one which is on the BOTTOM and tie it on itself. (A loop that crosses itself.)
C) If that is tied, then the other rope should be bisected by the knot.
D) Take the other shoelace and loop it around itself with the first shoelace in the middle.
E) Cross the loop on itself and tighten, just like the first knot.
F) What you should have at this point is two ropes which are tied to each other so that if you pull opposite ends the knots will slip into each other and tighten into a [near] single knot which is nearly impossible to undo.
G) Use the knife to cut out the knot and try again until you have the concept down.
Thanks. I’ll practice :’)
Uh... No, it's not! I love knots. They're a hobby of mine. I have a library of dozens of books on knots. The sheet bend goes back to antiquity before there even were bedsheets, and the name comes from the old days of sailing (a "sheet" is a rope that trims the corner of a sail).
A sheet bend holds well under ordinary loads, but if you're climbing on the rope and accidentally put pressure on the wrong part of the knot, it can loosen and spill. That's why climbers do not use it. Same thing, only more so, with the reef knot (square knot).
Remember, sailors need knots that hold well, but they also want a knot that can be untied easily. The sheet bend, bowline (which is just a sheet bend tied in a loop), etc., are perfect for them.
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