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    So, how Do you get an injured,wet ,heavy,adult back aboard a powerboat?Assuming, he cant help. And you dont happen to have a convenient winch/davits?

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    Tow them using a floating rope, but ensuring there is a enough length to keep them away from the prop to save any injury [img]/forums/images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

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    The rope may float but they may not! :-)

    Seem that a posssible manslaughter charge could be pending when you enter the harbour with a body in tow!

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    They could water ski if you went fast enough.

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    Its a very good question, assuming he cant help himself. Certainly not tow him too dangerous plus exhaust fumes and would very soon be suffering exposure.

    I think I would deploy my inflatable dinghy, roll him into the dinghy then work from there, first stop is check vital signs, maybe get him into boat, but if he cant help himself then he is very poorly. Protect against exposure then wait for assistance.


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    With great difficulty, having had the experience of this. Use your swim platform, rope, oars, dingy and a lot of man handling. Also anthing else you have to hand to get him aboard and safe.
    However all this said.....................................did you send out a mayday?

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    Correct answer is to deflate the tube(s) on one side of your tender so you can roll the aboard the tender, then you can drag 'em in from there. Works best if you:

    a) have a tender
    b) it's inflatable
    c) it's on snap davits, so you can lay it on the water and let the outboard tube down...

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    Well thats one way. Tuther way I'd try, is to tie a rope to something high up. Then put a dolly in it. Maybe two. ( a dolly works like a winch) and pull him up with that.

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    That depends on the circumstances, at the end of the day you have to make decisions based on whats in front of you.

    It may be better to leave the casualty in the water and call for help for example, rather than risk further injury trying to haul them in.

    I have also seen someone bought in to port over the side of the boat in a sling made from a tonneau cover fixed to several strong cleats and passed under the casualty and back up forming a stretcher. The water drains out and the casualty is lifted clear of the water, fully supported. The boat then motored in very slowly.

    It might be better to try and get them into a dinghy and either tow them in or use that as a staging post onto the main boat.

    If you intend practicing any of these scenarios, have some backup around. I've seen exercises like this degenerate into near emergencies as things get out of hand. Its a bit like setting fire to your house to see if the fire alarms work!

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    Fine, but our little girl grew out of dollies at six and half. Any other suggestions of things to use as a winch?

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