Recovering Someone Who Falls Overboard
If someone falls overboard, immediately:
sound the alarm, turn bow in the direction of the person overboard, stop engines, throw a buoyant object to assist the person and mark the position.
assign one person to constantly keep the person in the water in sight.
manoeuvre the vessel carefully to pick the person up.
- be careful when pulling the person in – many would-be rescuers have been dragged into the water by the person in distress.
In addition to the Lifesling method of recovery, there are two other methods for rescuing a person from the water. The Anderson or One Turn method is the fastest, but it requires a very skilful skipper and a vessel with a tight turning circle. The Williamson Turn is slower but easier. The Williamson Turn is recommended if there is danger of losing sight of the person in the water.