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Six of the Best Personal Survival Devices for Your Boat. Make Sure You Have One

There are few choices you make about your boat that are potentially more important than finding the right survival device, the personal locator beacon or MOB equipment that could save your life, or the life of anyone else on board. And there’s no reason to postpone getting one or more of these; they generally are the least costly piece of electronics on board, by a long shot. But what to buy? Here’s some advice from Marine Electronics Journal, which asked manufacturers to submit what they consider the best and brightest in their product line. The Journal published a review of…

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Man Overboard: How a 60-Year-Old Fisherman Survived 20 Hours in the Gulf of Mexico Without a Life Jacket

Here’s a great story from Prevention about how one man survived 20 hours at sea after he fell overboard from his fishing boat, 25 miles from shore in the Gulf of Mexico, without a life jacket, by treading water and using his old Navy training: Bill Durden was on a roll. He’d just caught two good-sized groupers and tossed his line back into the water when he felt it snag on the bottom of his boat. The engine, he realized, wasn’t in neutral. Durden gave the rod a good tug. It yanked him right back, pulling him out of his…

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British Woman Survives 10 Hours at Night in Adriatic After Falling Off Cruise Ship

A 46-year-old British woman sang songs and kept herself awake for ten hours after she fell off a cruise liner in the Adriatic Sea before she was rescued by the Croatian Coast Guard. The woman, Kay Longstaff, who lives in Spain, said she fell off the back of the Norwegian Star, a 965-foot-long cruise liner that holds 2,348 passengers. She did not give any other details, but she told CNN, “I’m very lucky to be alive.” The Croatian Coast Guard says she fell off the ship at 11:45 p.m. The ship’s captain alerted the Coast Guard of the situation and…

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Woman Taking Selfie Falls 15 Decks off a Cruise Ship at Night off the Bahamas. Crew Rescues Her. See Video

A woman taking a selfie fell 15 decks off her cruise ship balcony into the water near the Bahamas at night, but quick action by the captain and crew of the Norwegian Epic liner saved her life. Passengers said they could hear her screaming as she fell. It was about nine at night, with many passengers still eating dinner, when the announcement “Code Oscar portside” came three times over the intercom. The ship, which had been at cruise speed, came to a stop, turned around and launched a tender. Passengers watched as the boat searched in the darkness, using searchlights,…

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After Falling Overboard in the Middle of the Night Off Sumatra, Brett Archibald is Found Fading, but Alive, 28 Hours Later

If you fall overboard in the middle of the night, in the middle of the ocean, and nobody knows you’re missing, what are you chances of surviving?  Not good. But that’s what happened to Brett Archibald, a South African businessman, and he lived to tell the tale (and write a book), but only after he was nudged by a shark, dive-bombed by gulls, almost nibbled to death by tiny blood-thirsty fish and starting to lose his mind before he was rescued after 28 hours in the Indian Ocean. Archibald, then 50, was starting a surfing and vacation cruise with nine…

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A Salty Lobsterman’s Tale of Survival at Sea

It’s everyone’s worst nightmare – falling overboard in the middle of the night while everyone else is asleep and your boat just keeps going until it’s out of sight in the darkness. The remarkable thing about this true story is that John Aldridge, a commercial lobsterman from Montauk, New York, lived to tell the tale, but only because he thought to capture air in his boots to help keep himself afloat and also because a Coast Guard helicopter, running low on fuel, spotted him 12 hours later. Aldridge’s nightmare started on a summer night four years ago, about 45 miles…

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New High-Tech Man Overboard Systems Can Keep Your Crew Safe

Man overboard – every captain’s nightmare scenario, when seconds can mean the difference between life and death. The point, of course, is to locate the man overboard absolutely as quickly as possible and then start the recovery effort. Now three new high-tech systems make it possible to find that person faster and easier. Developed by a French start-up, the Sea-Tags MOB wristband alarm system starts with downloading a free app to all smartphones on board the boat to monitor the wristbands. When anyone wearing the wristband goes overboard and the wristband is submerged, the smartphones will sound an alarm and…

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Can This Buoyant Glow-in-the-Dark Rope Save Your Life?

Now here’s something truly new: Buoyant rope that glows in the dark. A man overboard at night? With this rope, which comes in yellow, orange, pink and green,  at least you – and the man overboard – will be able to see the lifebuoy or whatever else you’re throwing his way. Called Night Saver Rope, it’s supposed to be 10 times stronger than standard buoyant rope. Certainly worth a second look: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/glow-in-the-dark-rope-a-lifesaver-at-sea-halifax-maker-says/article33022968/