Originally Posted by rickuk3
What do others think? pros and cons?
I can see why you think it is a good idea - but I would ask:
- Have you ever lost someone overboard?
- Where they sitting on a jockey?
- Did you notice straight away?
- How likely is it to loose someone sitting on a jockey - unless you are doing a high risk (e.g. very fast turn) manouvre? - where a quick check afterwards will confirm all are present.
Out of all the "oops" events I have heard on ribnet or seen reported in press/maib etc I can't think of a crew overboard where it has gone unnoticed.
It sounds like there would be scope for someone to be wearing a kill cord but it not be "live" within your description ("switched out of circuit") that sounds vulnerable to being forgotten about to me.
Given that kill cord switches have a reputation of being unreliable does multiplying the switches not increase the risk of a problem preventing starting?
There is an article in this months MBY on MOB alarms which alert you to a MOB, and fancy ones which help you find the casualty again. Not cheap though.
There was a recent incident in training where one of the Kinghorn ILB crew fell overboard and hit his head on the prop as the boat passed. Although very seriously injured his Gecko possibly saved him. I think at 25 knots the boat only takes quater of a second to do half a boat length - so I imagine the prop would still be spinning (although possibly not as fast or powerfully) even if the kill cord was activated.