Originally Posted by chris.moody
Mustrib, based on your 1st hand experience (so glad it worked out well but it must have been very scary at the time) what are good and bad ways of affixing these devices to yourself or your LJ ?
I tend to clip the handheld into the lifeline loop on the front of my LJ (Spinlock Deckvest) and also have it tied on with a paracord lanyard. No idea if this setup would work or not after an impact and inflation.
After the event and while on the RI challenge itsef, I took to putting my replacement hand held into the big pocket on the front of the Typhoon dry suit. The whole episode has made me aware of how much your LJ and Dry suit should be considered together. I love the Baltic Rib Hybrid LJ I was wearing at the time of the ejection, but it denied access to the useful pockets of my dry suit. On the shoulder of the LJ, it had a loop for the aerial of the VHF and a set of webbing straps for the body. Ordinarily I would have thought this was enough to retain it in place. As this was the point of impact, I am not sure that any kind of lanyard would have helped, it may have kept the smashed backplate in place. The PLB was in a complete nest of webbing straps attached to the harness on the LJ. This was very secure.
I dont think I will be attaching the VHF in the same place on the Baltic LJ. You dont want to make it unusable because its a job to remove it from its fastenings/lanyard, but then equally you dont want it to float away in a dunking. Paracord lanyard sounds like the way to go, but keeping it in some sort of pocket, or though your LJ harness in a set of velcro webbing, would be preferable. Its something that I am looking at now as have added the radio capability to my Gecko, and need to find a suitable location for the HH Icom that feeds it.
I also spoke with an Irish Coastguard SAR pilot about drysuits, MOB casualties and recovery, for an article I am writing for issue 117 of PBR about the whole MOB experience. It was interesting stuff, and illuminating to hear what he had to say.
You asked about bad ways to fasten your HH radio, For years I used to run around with it just clipped over the harness of my LJ on my chest, really unsuitable!! but like most people, I never thought I would ever fall in, let alone go in at some speed, but I would guess that 99% of MOB from Ribs involve some speed.
The thought that I was carrying the VHF was enough for me, because I never thought any possible scenarios through.
The things I have taken away from my experience have been
that the sea and high speed open boats are capable of throwing you a curve ball, so be ready. Think about your safety kit as one integrated system, think how the individual components work with each other. Be prepared for your first rescue plan not to work, and have a secondary plan you can implement, specfically with means of raising the alarm.
Sorry Chris this went a bit off topic....