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Steve Lague: It’s every skipper’s aim to ensure
that all of their passengers have a great time every time they go out on the water. And they’ll go to great lengths to ensure
that it happens. Steve Lague: But what would happen if one
of your passengers fell overboard? Would you know what to do? Steve Lague: Doug, what are some of the precautions
a skipper can take to prevent a man overboard incident? Doug King: I think prevention is definitely
best, right up front. They should brief all of their passengers
before they leave to head out. They should definitely have checked the weather
to make sure it’s suitable for the size of their vessel and what they intend doing. It’s then up to the skipper to make sure that
he alerts the passengers if he’s going to do any sudden turns or suddenly speed up or
slow down so that they know that they’re supposed to be hanging on. Doug King: It’s always a good rule to have
one hand on the boat and one hand for yourself just in case the skipper does something that
you’re not expecting. And I think the other thing as a general rule,
any children or people that really can’t swim that well should be in PFDs. Steve Lague: We all know the best laid plans
don’t always work, and sometimes people do fall overboard. What’s the first thing a skipper should do
when that happens? Doug King: Well, the first thing that should
happen, whoever sees the person go over the side should yell out, “Man overboard.” Passenger: Man overboard, port side. Doug King: It’s also important that they tell
the skipper which side of the vessel that the person went over the side on, because
that’s the way you want the vessel to turn so the propellers are moved away from the
person that’s in the water. Doug King: The skipper then, on hearing the
word ‘man overboard’, should immediately, if they’ve got a GPS or a chart plotter, hit
the man overboard button, particularly at night because you need to be able to get back
to that position where the person was. Doug King: The person who saw the person go
over the side needs to keep a watch on them, because while the skipper’s trying to turn
the boat, he won’t have them in view. So the passenger really needs to keep a good
view of the person that’s there. It’s then up to the skipper to approach the
person in the water downwind so that the boat won’t blow over the top of them. The key here is to make sure that when the
skipper gets close to them, he’s going very, very slowly and by the time he’s got the person
beside the boat, he’s got it out of gear because you don’t want the propellers turning around
while you’ve got someone in the water. Doug King: It’s then just a matter of getting
the person back in the boat. If the person needs help to get in the boat,
the best way to do it is to get them under the arms and dunk them in water, not putting
their head under but push them down twice and then heave them in. This will give the momentum to allow you to
pull them into the boat.

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