Emergencies

Man Overboard Drill

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How to respond to crew overboard under sail • Keep the MOB in sight • Tack into the heave-to position, do not adjust the headsail sheets • If under spinnaker, alter course to windward and haul sail down immediately • Throw buoyancy to the MOB • Mark MOB with dan buoy • If within earshot of MOB reassure them you are manoeuvring into recovery position• Steer onto a...

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Man Overboard Drill

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Man Overboard Drill – Getting the MOB aboard Getting an MOB aboard a boat can be very challenging. The MOB is likely to be exhausted, shocked, cold or injured and will have little strength to help themselves aboard. • Once alongside, tether MOB to the boat using a line looped around their arms with a bowline • Ensure boat is stopped and engine in neutral• An...

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Boating emergency – how to broadcast a MAYDAY emergency call

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How to broadcast a MAYDAY emergency call   How to broadcast a MAYDAY emergency call if a vessel or person is in grave and imminent danger and immediate assistance is required: • Check that your VHF radio is on and high power setting is selected Select Channel 16 (or 2182kHz for MF) • Press the transmit button and say slowly and clearly: “MAYDAY, MAYDAY,...

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First Aid at Sea – strains and sprains

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Strains and sprains respond well to rest and cooling. Wrap ice in a tea towel before applying. First Aid at Sea Strains and sprains are relatively common onboard boats. This may be due to the fact that the boat is pitching and rolling, also there are often trip hazards. Just to be clear a strain is muscle damage and sprain is damage to a joint such as the wrist or...

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