Man Overboard Survival Story to Learn From

Islands Race

A fun, overnight offshore yacht race

Recently I met with a man overboard survivor who fell overboard in the 2011 Islands Race off of the southern California coast. The one-on-one meeting allowed me a personal perspective of man overboard survival and the unexpected problems that arise. The race entails sailing from Long Beach to San Diego leaving Catalina and San Clemente Islands to port. Total race length is 129 miles.

This man overboard survivor, who was sailing on a 50′ yacht, shared his story with me with the hope it may help save a life in the future. Continue reading

Man Overboard Survival Story to Learn From was last modified: October 9th, 2016 by Philip Thompson

Man Overboard Heard, Recovered – Video

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Man overboard video screen capture
He’s hard enough to see in daylight from a cruise ship; how hard to see would he be from your boat?

Frank Jade was not first seen, but heard. Click through for the full story with video posted by David Hearn.

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Man Overboard Heard, Recovered – Video was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Philip Thompson
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Lobster fisherman survives

Lone Watchstander Goes Overboard

If you stand watch alone, your worst nightmare is going overboard while the rest of the crew sleeps. Here is the story of one who survived the ordeal.

John Aldridge was just trying to move an ice chest. He pulled hard, the handle broke off, and over the side he went, backwards, at night, forty miles offshore, the only person on watch. Read his amazing story from the New York Times. If that link is broken, read a copy archived by WebCite on 2016-06-24. Retrieved 2016-06-24.

Only Person on Watch Goes Overboard was last modified: June 26th, 2016 by Philip Thompson