MOB Kit - Jimmy Green Oscar Rescue System
When you buy the The Jimmy Green Oscar Man Overboard Recovery System you get everything you need for a MOB rescue inside a yellow bag that fits on the back of the yacht so that it is ready to deploy without leaving the wheel. You can use it as designed, ie throw out the back of the yacht and circle the MOB casualty, or you can use it directly as a throwing line.
It's a lot of rope.
The Oscar Rescue System comes with 45 metres of top quality LIROS flexible plaited yellow multifilament polypropylene floating rope which is a handful. Take it out of the bag and flake the rope inside so that it can run freely without snags or loops when the sling is deployed.
The red part is is 1 metre of polyester tube webbing threaded onto the rope to protect the exposed end from UV degradation. Make sure you do attach this to the yacht or if you are using it as a throwing line, put your wrist a loop made in it.
The Oscar Rescue System is based on the Recovery Strop.
I found that the lifting sling is similar to some of the helicopter lifting strops - it has a padded sling and a woggle to tighten the strop around the casualty. It has stainless steel triangles for attaching the lifting halyard to. The sling has a fluorescent yellow sleeve filled with soft flexible buoyancy foam.
Inside the sling is the same lifting harness as the Jimmy Green recovery strop. I took this picture of the two of them side by side and you can see they are the same strops.
The stowage bag is fastened to the guardrail or guardwires with webbing straps which are neatly hidden by a pvc flap (secured by velcro) on the back of the bag. The flap has screen printed instructions which conveniently face inboard.
What is it like to use as a throwing line?
The first time I threw it I tried to throw all the rope, but it's too much and just gets tangled. After some practice, the best technique I could find was to gather about half the line in one hand and hold the rest in the other, but only throw one. The rescue strop then blows in the wind and takes the rest of the line with it.
It blew a very long way - 45 metres is a lot of rope but I can see it being very useful when you really need it. Overall, the Jimmy Green Oscar Rescue system was great - easy to use once it is set up and very capable.
Want more practice using Jimmy Green Oscar Rescue System?
Maybe you've been on the RYA / ISAF coastal Safety Coarse and found the MOB recovery part interesting or perhaps you've just done your Dayskipper or Yachtmaster practicals and run through the MOB procedures.
Want to do more MOB? If so, we have a couple of options for Man Overboard Rescue training, both of which are free. All I ask is that I can use any photos I take on the website, social media, magazine articles etc.
Yacht clubs - I can run half day sessions on your yachts as part of your regular sailing weekends. Why not finish a cruise on Sunday lunchtime and spend the afternoon learning 5 MOB techniques.
Own boat sessions - anything from a few hours to a full day using all the equipment on your yacht. As long as your within a few hours drive of Jct 13 on the M25 I'll come along and you can try anything you want.
If you are interested in trying any of these MOB equipment out yourself then please contact me at MOBManOverboard@gmail.com or use the contact form. If you have time, can you add some info on if you are a Dayskipper, Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster and if you've done the RYA Sea Survival or the RYA / ISAF Coastal Safety course.