Three of our new MOB Man Overboard Rescue strops have arrived because we are refreshing our kit for 2017. The first parcels to arrive contained the I C Brindle Rescue Sling, Oscar Man Overboard Recovery sling and Jimmy Green Recovery Strop and it's interesting seeing them alongside each other.
- The Recovery strop is a robust yellow polyester webbing lifting sling and is very simple but will not float out to the MOB. It has 2 stainless steel triangles to attach a line to and an orange woggle that is drawn down to secure the MOB from falling out.
- The Oscar Man Overboard Recovery Sling is made from the Recovery strop, but with 45m of LIROS mulitplait polyester floating rope attached, a fluorescent yellow soft buoyant foam filled sleeve around the webbing all contained in a yellow stowage satchel. Leave it set up attached to the yacht, ready to deploy at a moments notice.
- The I C Brindle is a strong durable high specification recovery strop with a thinner profile foam filled sleeve and is the I C Brindle helicopter strop but without the crotch strap. Once attached to a line you float it out to the MOB. So far this is may favorite because it looks robust and comfortable and because it arrived with a certificate showing it was tested to 300kg by an independent testing company.
Recovery strops in action.
The strops I have deliberately range from very simple to more designed so you can judge how well the additional elements work and decide if they are worth the extra investment.
Youtube has videos of rescue strops in action. Here are a few I found interesting
RNLI and PBO testing them out. https://youtu.be/bCb4pM0-i5M
Stormforce coaching using single and double strops. https://youtu.be/YMicZuy0A8I
Want more practice on Man Overboard Rescues?
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.