1. I'd be damned impressed if you could recognize a MOB, move to a lifering on the after pushput, grab said life ring, and then through it far enough and accurately enough to actually hit a MOB on the head. Seriously, what kind of wacko echo terrorist would try and prosecute someone for throwing something overboard to try and help a MOB? Now, if through pure fear the MOB sh*t in the water, then I can see sicking the EPA on them...
Sorry, but having been on the receiving end of one thrown at me from a pier once and landing close enough, I wouldn't recommend anyone try it. It was bloody frightening actually. Besides, if the MOB is already wearing a PFD (as he should be) why does he need anything else that's just going to be blown away on the wind before he can get to it??
I know the only thing I'd find useful if it were me in the water would be a dan buoy of some kind.. since if it doesn't stick up out of the water by at least 3' or so, the guys left on the boat simply won't see it any easier than the MOB himself (who is at least waving and yelling by this stage).
2. Yeah, I think that most of us understand that getting a MOB back into the boat is not as easy as picking up a pfd. Even in the US we aren't quite that stupid.
Maybe it's only the people over here then. I've met a surprising number of boaties who expect to be able to get someone on board in 3' waves via their sugar-scoop stern - without killing them outright, that is.
If you want to come volunteer to be our MOB real live person I'd be more than happy to host you. However, keep in mind that MOBs don't have wetsuits on, and that summer water temperatures here are 50 degrees F (10 degrees C).
All the more reason to have a Lifesling at the ready - and lifting tackle rigged on a spare halyard - and know how to use it, keeping in mind that in 10degC water temps you don't have much time to get someone back on board!
However, your point about practicing MOB recovery and understanding the process and implications is well taken.
Thank you. I wish more people did.
Learning and practicing MOB recovery procedures seem to many to be like learning First Aid.. kind of an optional extra and something that others should do, but not me. Unfortunately, both done wrongly can kill.
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