The United States Air Force is training its airmen in new vigorous techniques on how to survive in water.
Insignia 5th Air Force Sea Survival
Several men jump off tower into water
Boat comes up at full speed
MS Man in water is thrown rope and pulled aboard
CU Man in water grabs rope and is hauled into boat
MS Man on raft signalling helicopter with mirror
Helicopter flies overhead
Man is pulled up with winch into helicopter
Group of men jump into water with deflated raft
Men inflating raft.
Group of men on tower
View thru windshield of boat;man jumps off tower
Man pulled by straps from boat and lets go
Men come to shore with inflated raft
2 men wals up on to beach with inflated tubes
Several men carrying rubber raft along shore
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Background: The United States Air Force is training its airmen in new vigorous techniques on how to survive in water.
The training is being conducted at Japan's Imazawa Beach, 100 miles north of Tokyo, Japan.
The object of the training is to give crewmen greater knowledge on how to survive in water and greater confidence that they can when they are on over-water missions.
The students are given thorough grounding in a classroom before they are taken out to deep water and jump into the sea. They are taught how to prepare for fat pickups from a speedy boat. The technique was developed to retrieve underwater combat demolition teams.
The Fifth Air Force is training 50 students a week during five months of the year.