A variety of methods and equipment are used in rescue and recovery efforts, depending on the location and size of the conveyance facility.
In more rural areas and smaller canals, rescues are often attempted by the first person to come across the person or animal, using whatever might be available, such as a branch, rope, etc. In urban areas and larger canals, emergency services are often called for rescues. First responders, either law enforcement or fire fighters, will use whatever equipment they may have available for rescue – rope, ladder, Shepherd’s crook, etc. In some cases, there are cables or bridges across some canals where an able person has been able to grab and hold on until help arrives.
For recovery, there have been past situations where flow in the canal has been reduced to assist with the search and recovery efforts and reduce risk to the safety personnel.