Curious if people have or have considered making Man Overboard Procedures for their boats.
I was recently reviewing MOB procedures published by both USSailing and by the Royal Yachting Association.
I observe a lot of similarities. A bunch of stuff has to happen all at once, the more trained people on board the easier it is going to be. It is nice to practice so everyone knows what their responsibilities are.
Some of the common initial reactions agreed to by both RYA and USSailing include;
-Shout Man Overboard, hopefully letting every one on board know what happened and triggering the subsequent procedure.
-Immediately throw bouyant items, like life rings. This not only gives the MOB something to swim to and hold onto, but also marks the persons last known position in case the crew loses sight of the person in the water, this may also become a starting position for a search patern should professional searchers be required.
-Trigger MOB button on GPS if available, see above.
-As per both USSailing and RYA, make a distress call. Mayday. Nearly any MOB outside of warm protected waters could be considered a life threatening situation.
Curious if people have thoughts? What if you are beyond radio range, how do you make a distress call? Do you have sattelite communications. Do you have specialised gear? PFDs, PLBs, Strobes, Whistles? What if you are shorthanded?
I have had some MOB experiences. In one I was mate on a tour boat and the skipper observed a passenger jump off the stern of a nearby ferry. Skipper did all the things you would expect, called the CG, called the cew to the bridge for a briefing, assigned a spotter(me), maneuvered along side the person. This is where things got weird. I threw the fully clothed person a lifering with 50 ft of line and she refused to swim to it. She had planned a one way trip off the ferry. So I spent the next 20 minutes negotiating with her (while our some 150 passengers gawked and snapped photos) until eventually the marine police arrived and forcefully removed the person from the water.
Curious if others have experienced an unusual Man Overboard experience?
Here are the reference links from USSailing and RYA.