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Can You Deploy & Board Your Life Raft??

Posted By Jennifer Handley, April 8, 2014
I have been watching with interest the rescue of SV Rebel Heart, approx 900nm off Mexico.  SV Rebel Heart left Mexico approx 2 weeks ago and was headed to the South Pacific when their 13-month-old daughter became very ill. That, compounded with engine troubles, resulted in the call for help. Thanks to California Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing, the family is now safe, but they unfortunately have had to scuttle  their boat (their home).

Closer to home, a sail boat sank off Texada Island this past weekend, leaving 6 people in the cold, hypothermic waters of the Strait of Georgia, all of whom were safely rescued. 

These incidents bring into sharp focus the "what if" scenario that we face whenever we set sail. If you had to deploy your life raft, would you be able to board it? Will your PFD right you if you are unconscious and face down? Is your crew able to lift you out of the water using your boat’s MOB gear?

BCA members have the opportunity to learn the essentials regarding use of Life rafts, PFDs and MOB recovery systems on Sat Apr 12.  Are you registered? If not, register today; the cost is $75 per person.  Additional details and registration: http://www.bluewatercruising.org/events/event_details.asp?id=417615&group=

Tags:  Life Raft  MOB safety gear  PFD 

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