What To Do If a Passenger Falls Overboard
If someone on your pleasure craft falls overboard, you need to immediately:
- Reduce speed and toss the victim a lifejacket or PFD, unless you know he or she is already wearing a lifejacket or PFD.
- Turn your pleasure craft around and slowly pull alongside the victim, approaching the victim from downwind or into the current, whichever is stronger.
- Stop the engine.
- Use a reaching assist—or a buoyant heaving line or lifebuoy—to pull the victim to the side of the pleasure craft.
- Use a reboarding device to help the victim get into the pleasure craft. If you do not have a reboarding device, pull the victim on board over the stern, keeping the weight in the pleasure craft balanced, especially in small boats.