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rappel

(ră-pĕl′)
To slide down a rope, as in a lifesaving rescue.
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As more than 250 proud parents and admiring officials watched Saturday, fire academy cadets rappelled down a 70-foot building, put up ladders and performed a simulated rescue of a firefighter from a smoke-filled building.
From the ridge at an altitude of 6,500 feet, he rappelled 900 feet down Pechner Canyon and recovered a single piece of wing.
Wearing full gear, they hoisted 170-pound ladders, uncoiled unwieldy hoses, pried a car open using the Jaws of Life, rappelled down a four-story building and rushed into a burning brick structure.
After an overnight attempt using Air Force infrared- and thermal-imaging equipment proved unsuccessful, searchers rappelled from helicopters into rocky areas off the main trails in the hunt for missing sheriff's Deputy Jonathan Aujay.
It's been 19 years since Kevin Clancy last rappelled.
The rangers were assisted by the Los Angeles Fire Department, and its search-and-rescue unit members who rappelled down to the fallen animal lying in thick brush on the steep slope.
Athletes were expected to keep their sense of humor while they rappelled 30 feet down an embankment during their run, swam 150 yards to their kayaks and back, balanced on beams over a mud pit, and pulled heavy planks 75 feet to the finish line.