Oh my gosh, we have an entrapped boater! What is the best way to free them? It depends of course. Can you get someone out to the victim in a safe manner? If not, is there a way we can use ropes to free them? That is what these articles plan to discuss. Stabilization, snag, and cinch lines are various rope techniques for freeing trapped boaters and their equipment. Ropes can be set-up reasonably quickly and are pretty safe for rescuers - a good thing since they come first in safety priorities. Most of these techniques need to be practiced for effective use in real entrapments. All can be life savers.