Person Overboard

When a person falls overboard the worst thing to do is to jump in after them

The correct steps are:

  1. Place the motor in neutral to stop the propeller turning and swing the helm so the propeller is away from the person overboard
  2. Throw a lifebuoy, horseshoe or life jacket to the person and keep them in sight at all times
  3. Approach the person with the vessel moving slowly. Approach with the vessel heading into the wind and swell so that the person drifts to the boat
  4. Help the person into the boat, preferably over the stern, because a small craft may capsize or take water if you try taking them over the side. On yachts with overhanging sterns you should pull them in a the lowest point of freeboard
  5. Practise your overboard procedures whenever possible.