When swimming in the sea or chartering a boat, it’s a good idea to take some common risks into consideration. If something does happen, it’s hugely beneficial to know what to do. You may be able to save lives, for example, if you know what to do if there’s a man overboard.
If you’re counting down the days until you jet off on holiday, travel accidents are probably at the back of your mind. Nobody wants to dwell on the thought of something going wrong, but accidents do happen. We take a closer look at what to do if there’s a man overboard.
What to do if there’s a man overboard
If there’s a man overboard, this means that somebody has fallen or been pulled into the sea, usually from a boat. This scenario can be incredibly dangerous and if you know what to if there’s a man overboard, this could make the difference between life and death.
If there’s a man overboard, follow these steps:
- Stay calm
- Alert others by shouting man overboard
- Shut down the engines and drop the sails, if applicable; this will slow down the boat and give you a better chance of reaching the casualty
- Keep your eyes on the man overboard and point to them
- Throw a flotation aid into the water, such as a life ring or raft
- If you are close enough, drop a rope of life line into the water
- Turn the boat around if you have moved past the man overboard
- Help to bring the casualty back on board and check that they are OK. Offer blankets or warm clothing and give them a sugary drink
What is travel accident compensation and do I have a viable claim?
Travel accident compensation is a financial sum which is paid out to travellers in the event of them sustaining injuries through no fault of their own. In order to claim compensation, you must have been injured in the last three years and you must prove that you were not to blame.
Travel accident claims can be more complex than other personal injury claims because of the location of the accident. However, it is possible to make a claim for travel injuries.
If you’ve been injured abroad and you’d like to find out more about making a no-win, no-fee* claim, call Accident Advice Helpline now. Our friendly advisors are waiting to take your call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a landline.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice