Originally Posted by Hightower
I was just curious as to whether anyone practises MOB procedure with real people. I know RNLI and other rescue services do. Perhaps next year a group of us could get together and practice before going to the Pub
MOB practice sounds a good idea Andy and a few of us were chatting recently about perhaps undertaking First Aid at Sea training in 2007. with a qualified instructor. A refresher on MOB would be great.
(Perhaps in geographical areas (e.g. the Solent gang) we could book some group refreshers on various topics with local instructors and give them points out of ten (like Strictly Come Dancing!!!) )
Yes we were involved in the rescue of a full crew MOB on a Weymouth cruise. The guy driving flipped the boat and dumped everyone in the drink as the boat headed for the rocks near Poole.
A) Paul shouldn't have but did leap on board & salvaged the runaway boat. We should have fouled the prop with a rope.
B) We struggled with getting the heaviest crew member on board and he began to hang on near the back. As his feet swung for a hold on the cav plate and I grabbed his arms, a crew member panicked & she put the rescuing RIB in gear. I remember screaming thinking the guy would lose his legs but the skipper got back to the helm and sorted it all out.
What did we learn?
1) Use a rope to foul runaway (riderless) craft.
2) Go over safety procedures often
3) Practise safe ways of getting on board
4) Remember to communicate with each other even though the situation is very fraught. Before helping the guy who was reaching for A-Frame & transom, I should have ensured no-one was going to engage that engine.
5) It all turned out well despite quite a lot of panic. Credit really to the skipper of the rescuing boat for taking it all on & to Paul for salvaging the boat and I guess all of us for saving three lives!
6) Brambles has a point. Not sure about practising with real peeps as ordinary leisure ribbers?
BTW MOB is probably generic. We lady Ribsters are well used to overlooking assumptions like that
Recently heading back in the dark in Nauti's boat towards Littlehampton I did worry about MOB procedures and retracing/searching.
As it turned out we had safety escorts all over the place!