Man in the Sea

Falling overboard is a very serious risk. This incident is perhaps the most critical but it can be anticipated to save the person at sea. MOB incidents can occur in a variety of situations, such as when navigating at sea or in remote waters, or when loading or unloading ships.

There are many reasons why a person may fall into the water from a vessel, such as slipping on the wet deck, falling overboard during a maneuver, or being thrown into the water in the event of a collision or capsizing, wind, swell... It is important to take the necessary precautions to avoid falls into the water and to have the appropriate safety equipment and maintain it in good working order to protect the people on board the vessel and to guarantee their safety in the event of a BOM.

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Spotting a man overboard and reacting

Locating the person who has fallen overboard is critical to their safety. If the incident occurs, it is essential to alert the crew by calling out "Man Overboard" and to maintain visual contact with the man in the water.

Accessories such as flashlights, vest lights, beacons and turn signals are valuable aids in locating a man overboard.


The best known device is the lifebuoy, also known as the rescue buoy. It is attached to the rail or stern pulpit and should always be within reach. A long rope connects the lifebuoy to the boat, the lifeline, which allows the lifebuoy to be thrown far away, towards the passenger in the water, in case of need. As soon as the person who has fallen overboard is spotted, a person throws the buoy to him. Ideally, it is advisable to throw the buoy behind the person, so you only have to pull it.

Lifebuoys come in different models, sizes and materials. Although lightweight, they provide high buoyancy, are stable and easy to handle. Buoys are often brightly colored with reflective strips. 

If you are sailing on a small boat, choose a horseshoe lifebuoy, which is less cumbersome and very easy to put on. The latter has an easy opening and adapts to the morphology of the person who has fallen overboard. A rope makes it easy to grab the buoy by hand. There are also crown buoys or Silzig buoys.

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Accessories to ensure the safety of the man overboard

Remember that wearing a lifejacket, safety lanyard and harness are precautions that can prevent falls overboard or ensure the safety of the person who has fallen overboard. The 'Mob' button on the VHF or GPS can help you send an alert in case of need or the MOB xFOB system that can be worn on the wrist as a bracelet and automatically cuts the boat's engine in case of man overboard.

Re-boarding the man who fell in the water

It is safest if all crew members know the rescue procedure to follow. Practicing the maneuver to be performed is also important to save time. Motorboats should steer on the side of the person overboard so as not to injure them with the propeller.

The crew members, themselves equipped with a life jacket and a life line, bring the person in the water aboard. Make sure all crew members are okay and make sure you choose the best equipment in case of man overboard.

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