What do you do?
If someone goes overboard from your boat, the first thing you should do is stop the boat immediately and turn off the engine. Then, throw a flotation device or life ring to the person in the water and try to keep them in sight at all times.
Next, designate someone to keep their eyes on the person in the water and continually point at them to help the rescue party keep track of their location. It’s important to make sure the person in the water stays afloat and is not injured.
If the person in the water is conscious and able to grab onto the flotation device or life ring, attempt to pull them back onto the boat. If they are unconscious or injured, call for emergency services immediately and continue to monitor the person until help arrives.
It’s important to have a plan in place for man overboard situations before heading out on the water, including assigning roles to members of the crew and practicing rescue procedures. This will help ensure that everyone on board knows what to do in the event of an emergency.