>There is a commercial device called "LifeSling" available at all the
>popular marine stores. It is the best mob retreival device I have seen.
>In my opinion, the most important part of getting a mob back aboard is to
>never, and I mean N E V E R loose sight of the victim. You cannot take
>your eyes off a victim for even a few seconds. MOB drills are more
>important to survival safety than any other single item. Strobe markers,
>dye markers, etc., must be used. You would be amazed how easy it is to
>loose sight of any floating object in any conditions other than
>absolutely flat, calm oceans.
While the lifesling is probably the best OB retrival device (we have one), I
have to take exception (I'm being picky), to Bob's statement. Even more
important than never losing sight of an OB victim is making sure that the
person doesn't become one by going overboard in the first place.
We should put more thought into *preventing* OB situations by using
harnesses, jacklines, and tethers, etc.. You can loose someone OB, it's
much harder on deck. Many would say that this statement is obvious, but
think about it, how often do you think about keeping someone from getting
into a precarious situation (i.e. *after* the person is up on the bow trying
to get that big gennie down after the wind shifts and the seas picked up, or
before they go forward. Because once they are up there, they probably won't
come back for a harness).
OTOH I do agree about visibility, after doing a few impromptu hat-OB
retrievals, I can tell you that I would pitch everything in the***pit that
floats, overboard after the person, because we have had 4 people lose sight
of a floating hat in almost flat conditions. A MOB pole with a drogue is a
good idea, it should give good viz even in fairly rough conditions.