Knowing how to rescue a man overboard is imperative. Knowing if you can rescue a man overboard is just as important. What’s the difference? The ability to physically get a person from the water– a person who may be injured, exhausted and much heavier than you–is not a given. The variables are many. Practice getting an “MOB” into your boat with your crew in calm waters in order to develop strategies that will work for you, aboard your own boat.
And watch the embedded video it details steps that boaters should take in a man overboard situation.
Takeaway: It’s best to approach a person on the water from downwind, or downcurrent, so that you have more control and don’t inadvertently drift over them.