What would I do if a person went overboard? This is a situation I hope I never find myself in.

Boat captains who have had a Person fall overboard say it is much harder to make a rescue then they had thought.

Here are a few general rules I would do to recover somebody in the water. I hope I never have to deal be in the situation.

First stay calm.

Second, throw a lifesaving device alongside them, not at them.

Keep the victim in sight, never take your eyes off them. If it is dark shine a light on them.

When you get close enough hand them a short line a paddle anything they can grab and stop the motor. Then lead them around to the stern of the boat.

Help the Person aboard. If you must get in the water to help them into the boat, you should put on a life jacket and tie a line to yourself and the boat.

Make sure the person stays warm and dry as possible.
Do not give the victim hot drinks or alcohol if you think they may be suffering from hypothermia.
seek medical help at once. you can call coast Guard on channel 16 of vhf radio.

With life jackets being lightweight and comfortable, we should wear all of them at all times.

I personally like inflatable life jackets when I’m salmon fishing in the ocean.

Everybody Please be safe out there!



Buoy 10

Bouy 10 on the Columbia River bar

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