Doc on Deck
By Gino C. Bottino, M.D.For the last 10 years, most authorities have agreed on the main principles in preparing for, and implementing, a crew overboard recovery. The five phases of recovery are
- establish and maintain visual contact,
- provide flotation immediately,
- stop the boat as soon as possible,
- maneuver to approach the victim, and
- effect recovery over the side.
- All five should be done as quickly as possible.