Man Overboard: (MOB)
Pick up the lifebuoy on the starboard side as U can observe the lifebuoy better.
“Always check & see whether the Lifebuoy is being thrown overboard on the port or Starboard side”
(the examiner always like to play this trick on U, so be alert)
If the examiner ask U why U pick up the lifebuoy on the starboard side, say “ for safety reason I can see the victim clearly and not hit him”
Shout out (this U must say out)
1 “Man overboard, port side or starboard side.”
2 “Lookout keep an eye for the man in the water. “Portside or Starboard side”
3 Turn the wheel hard over towards the side the man fell (maintain the same speed) and steer the boat bow towards the lifebuoy.
If MOB portside turns the wheel hard towards port i.e. turn the wheel left & starboard side, wheel hard over to the right,
So as to keep the propeller away from the man in the water.
1 Approach: steer the bow towards the buoy. Aim the bow towards the lifebuoy.
“Look out standby to pick up the man overboard on the starboard side”
2 Speed: reduce speed to the minimum when approaching the buoy, keep the bow pointing towards the lifebuoy.
3 When about 3 – 4m away from the lifebuoy, turn the wheel slightly to port and stop the engines. This will cause the Lifebuoy to drift towards the starboard bow.
Now the look out has to pick up the lifebuoy.
If it’s not possible to pick up the lifebuoy i.e. it’s too far, do the corrective action, turn the boat away from the lifebuoy and try again, don’t wait.
And do it all over again, and say out from the start.
** You’re NOT allowed to pickup the lifebuoy, only your lookout can do it**
Remember the Bow of the boat MUST NOT hit the MOB Lifebuoy or Jetty or else U will fail the test; if it happens ask the examiner for another try & he will oblige U.
Example: MOB on the portside. Follow the numbers below. This is exactly what U must say & do.
1. “Manoverbord on the portside” “ Lookout keep an eye on the MOB on the portside”
2. Turn the wheel hard towards the portside (the side that the men fell) (maintain the same engine speed)
3. Make your turn and align the bow of the boat towards the lifebuoy.
4. Once u have the bow of the boat inline with the lifebuoy, reduce speed to minimum and order your lookout
“Lookout standby to pickup the MOB on the starboard side”
5.When the bow of the boat is about 3 – 4m from the lifebuoy, turn the wheel slightly to port & stop the engines,
** This will cause the bow of the boat.**
1. Not to hit the lifebuoy directly.
2 Due to the boat momentum when the engines are put to stop will cause the lifebuoy to drift towards the side of the boat.
U can ONLY assist to push the lifebuoy backwards & now the lookout must try to pick up the lifebuoy quickly.
This all that is required to pass this test, but if U don’t say out the 3 orders, 9 marks will be deducted.