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9.8 The rescue basket usually takes the form of a metal frame with floats/fenders around its perimeter and the lifting hook made fast to the top of the frame, clear of people inside. The basket floats partially submerged, so that people can easily enter it or be pulled into it. The floats double as fenders during the lift, should the basket swing against the shipís side. Some baskets are designed to fold for ease of stowage. The size of the basket, and how many people it can lift at once, largely depends on the shipís lifting capability.
9.9 The control lines mentioned above ñ usually rigged fore and aft along the shipís side, and tended during the lift in order to steady the lift and minimize swinging ñ may be supplemented by a line to the survival craft. This line serves two functions. It may be tended by those still aboard the survival craft as an additional means of controlling the hoistís lateral movements. It also serves to maintain contact with the survival craft throughout, so that the hoist may be brought back more easily to the survival craft for the next lift.