Course Outline

Person in Water With Throwable Device

If someone on your boat falls overboard, you need to immediately:

  • Reduce speed and toss the victim a PFD—preferably a throwable type—unless you know he or she is already wearing a PFD.
  • Turn your boat around and slowly pull alongside the victim, approaching the victim from downwind or into the current, whichever is stronger.
  • Stop the engine. Pull the victim on board over the stern, keeping the weight in the boat balanced, especially in small boats.
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