Crew Overboard Lessons

Last night I was reading an interesting article published in Yachting Monthly about recovering a victim who had fallen overboard and was attached to the vessel by a tether.

Yachting Monthly Article

There were several observations that I took from the article:

  • It is awfully difficult to recover someone who is dragging alongside the vessel attached by a tether.
  • There is a good chance of drowning while attached to a tether alongside a vessel.
  • Tethers should be short enough to keep you from going overboard in the first place.
  • Jacklines need to be positioned in a manner to help keep tethers short enough to keep the crew onboard.
  • Prior planning and training are paramount to saving the stricken crewmember.

I also found it interesting that Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has successfully recovered two crewmembers who had fallen overboard and that in his tenure running the Clipper Round the World Race three more individuals had been recovered successfully. That goes to show that with proper planning (and maybe a bit of luck) crew falling overboard does not need to equate to death.

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Boarding the MOM-600

The MOM-600 is a fantastic device for crew recovery. If someone falls overboard you can toss it to them and it will auto-inflate. Boarding is simple,  [youtube=] you just use the internal life lines to pull yourself up on to the device. Once the victim is onboard the MOM-600 he (and we all know why there are more men overboard than women) can just climb back on to your vessel. This is especially important if you don’t have the lifting equipment and the headroom needed to recover a victim using products like the LifeSling.

The MOM-600 comes in two models with the only difference being the inflatable pylon.  They only weigh 15 pounds and have a packed size of 17″ x 17″ x 3½”.

Basic MOM-600

Deluxe MOM-600 with inflatable pylon