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Re: hand held radio for man overboard
If you're in the water, it's not you seeing the boat, it's the people in the boat seeing you. Even in mild chop it's hard to see a man overboard. In rough seas, it's almost impossible from a boat.
A good life jacket will keep you alive for a while, provided hypothermia doesn't set in and your will to survive overcomes whatever Mother Nature throws at you. Highly trained and experienced Coast Guard pararescuers have lost their lives at sea. When Mother Nature turns up the heat, every human reaches a point where they lose the battle.
Your first defense against dying in the water is doing everything you can not to end up in the water. Sailing harnesses and tethers, avoiding leaving the cockpit unless absolutely necessary, knowing your capabilities, etc., but first and foremost, doing everything you can to keep your vessel out of harm's way.