I'm not saying that you shouldn't throw stuff overboard to help the MOB out... I am saying that you might want to think as to what you do throw overboard and whether it will be of any real use in helping recover the MOB.
A danbuoy or MOB pole makes the MOB easier to see, especially in heavier seas, as does a floating strobe. A Type IV PFD may help them stay afloat, as will a LifeSling. I don't see styrofoam plates contributing to the MOB's ability to stay afloat, nor do I see them as being very useful for marking the MOBs location, given that they won't stay anywhere near the MOB.
If you don't have an MOB pole, don't have a danbuoy, don't have any floating cushions, don't have any Type IV PFDs, don't have any standard PFDs, and don't have a LifeSling, by all means—go ahead... throw out the plates... but if you don't have any of the former equipment to throw to the MOB, what the hell are you doing out on the water???
Also, another point is that a lot of the "throw the styrofoam plates" advocates say that they breakdown fairly quickly... this isn't true. And the chances of you being able to recover the MOB and the Type IV PFD he's grabbed onto, is a lot better than the chance of you recovering the MOB and the two dozen styrofoam plates that he never saw and didn't care to.
Originally Posted by AboardIndigo
Interesting video SD - a real eye-opener if it's legit (I don't have time to fact-check this one, but I'm assuming you have and that it wasn't posted with the same intent that the NG "Crack Spider" documentary was). I despise people who litter for no better reason than convenience.
I don't think anyone advocates throwing plates in the ocean for no reason. That being said, lots of people advocate throwing anything in the water that floats (litter the area) to help mark the location of the person you are trying to save the life of.
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