Say hello to Ryan, Our MOB Drill rescue dummy.
Ryan is a ADEC Marine Fibrelight rescue dummy with some minor modifications. When filled with water he weighs around 50kg and he behaves like an incapacitated MOB casualty.
Perfect for practicing MOB drills for the first time, for trying new MOB Drill equipment or for throwing overboard in the sea and performing the complete MOB procedure under sail or motor. We also use him for MOB SAR, throwing him overboard and waiting an hour before plotting where we think he will be and performing a SAR pattern to find him.
He is based on a Fibrelight rescue dummy but made more lifelike by adding rigid arms, legs and body. RYAN wears a SOLAS approved lifejacket with leg straps, and then has a life line wrapped around his body to make a secure lifting point.
He can be used with the different recovery techniques. Here RYAN is being lifted directly off the harness point using a 5:1 pulley system.
With the rigid arms and legs he lifts in a lifelike way.
Ryan can also be used with Helicopter recovery strops. Here he is lifted with an I C Brindle strop with a chain strop under the legs to give a horizontal lift.
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.