Originally Posted by prairie tuber
This is a horrible accident caused by a deadly mix of incompetence and stupidity. If this outfit is supposed to have any expertise with MOB recovery, one would think that they would have outfitted their boats with either jet outboards, or durajet outboards (like all US navy SIBs use) or at the very least prop guards. Doing any kind of recovery exercises with open props is completely inexcusable.
Its fine if you know what your doing, we do recovery all the time but make sure you can always see the casualty and put the engines in neutral well before reaching the casualty.
As far as I'm aware no one has been injured during a recovery by the RNLI. People have by been flung out of the boat during turns.