What To Do If a Passenger Falls Overboard
If someone on your boat falls overboard, you need to immediately:
- Reduce speed and toss the victim a PFD—preferably a throwable device—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.