D. Man Overboard
Think through and follow these procedures if someone Most ﬁres are caused by electrical problems or care-
in your boat falls overboard.
less fueling practices. A ﬁre on board your boat is a
serious emergency. You must work quickly to imple-
ment safety procedures. If a ﬁre occurs, immediately
stop the engine.
Remember, every second counts, you must act
Move throttles to idle position immediately and yell 1. Make sure all persons aboard are wearing their
“MAN OVERBOARD. ”
Throw some ﬂoating object overboard immedi-
ately. Keep your required Type IV PFD accessible
at all times for such an emergency.
2. If the ﬁre is small, attempt to put it out with your
ﬁre extinguisher. If the ﬁre is in the engine com-
partment, turn off the bilge blower. Do not open
the engine compartment. This feeds oxygen to
the ﬁre and may cause it to ﬂare up.
Keep the person in the water in sight at all times.
Have a passenger do nothing but watch the per-
son. Do not go into the water to help the victim.
One person in the water is enough trouble.
3. If the ﬁre gets out of control, execute a distress
signal and call for help if equipped with a ship-to-
Circle around quickly, approaching into the wind
and waves. When the person is alongside, put the
engine in neutral and throw them a Type IV PFD
with a line attached or extend a paddle or boat
hook within his/her reach.
4. All persons aboard should jump overboard and
swim a safe distance away from the ﬂames.
IMPORTANT: All persons aboard should know the
location and proper operation of the ﬁre extinguishers.
If a serious collision occurs, you should ﬁrst check the
condition of all passengers aboard, then inspect your
boat to determine the extent of damage.
Use only approved marine cooking and heating
Open ﬂames demand constant attention.
Make sure all persons aboard are wearing their
Keep ﬂammable materials in approved contain -
ers in a overboard vented locker sealed from the
interior of the boat.
. If you need help and your boat has a ship-to-shore
radio, ﬁrst contact the U. S. Coast Guard (VHF
Channel 16) or other rescue authorities immedi-
Ensure ventilation systems are unobstructed.
Remove mooring covers before starting engine.
Check the bilge for fuel leaks.
Prepare to assist the other vessel unless your pas-
sengers and/or boat are in danger.
Extinguish smoking materials carefully.
Use special care with ﬂame or high temperatures
around urethane foam.
If the bow of the other boat penetrated your boat’s
hull, prepare to block the opening once the boats
Check cleaning products for ﬂammability.
Ventilate when cleaning or painting.
Shore up the hole with a spare PFD or bunk
cushion from your boat.
Disconnect electrical system from its power source
before performing maintenance.
While blocking the hole, trim the boat so that the
hole is out of the water.
Replace breaker or fuse with same amperage
Prelaunch and Underway - Section T
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