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Exactly my point... someone who is hypothermic and/or unconscious is not going to be able to assist in their recovery aboard.
Most MOB drills are fine for locating and getting to the MOB, but neglect the very real and often most difficult part of the recovery—getting the MOB back on board. Even in this, they're often a bit "easier" than the real thing would be... have you ever tried to spot a person, in dark colored clothing, in the water... it is like trying to spot a coconut... unless they're wearing brightly colored foulies or a brightly colored PFD.
Lifeslings are nice devices, but basically useless unless the MOB can participate in their own rescue.
If your boat has significant freeboard, then how do you get the unconscious person back aboard. They can't climb the swim ladder...and if they're hypothermic, it is probably best to keep them as level as possible
That was the point behind my friend's weighted dummy MOB drills.
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