A couple of summers ago I had the missfourtune to lose a crew member over the side whilst out with fellow ribsters on a cruise to Yarmouth.
We were travelling in a group if I remember rightly Mr Halliday was behind me. I got caught out by wash comming in from both sides of the boat at the same time. First lot of wash was from the boat ahead of me on my starboard side. Secound was from the Gin palace comming at me head on, on my port side. My boat passed through the wake but fell sideways into the trough and one crew member who shall remain nameless was uncermoniously dumped over the Port side.
My training kicked in immediatley the helm was turning as he fell out, with shouts of Man Overboard comming from the crew. I was more concerned from the following boats not seeing him in the water, but Mr Halliday was quick on the helm and missed him.
Recovery was assisted with Kathryn's help and we used the bouyancy of his now fully inflated lifejacket to bounce him into the boat.
The beer in the bar that followed tasted real good plus a new gas cylinder for Mike's Lifejacket
When it happens for your training will kick in