July 2013 Issue
Mailport: July 2013
The MOB Fear
In regard to your May 2013 editorial “Buying Into the MOB Fear”: I’m not sure whether the BoatUS research controlled for it, but I suppose it’s possible that their findings reflected better training, preparation, and equipment for avoiding and recovery of crew overboard (COB) from larger boats. If a crew member winds up in the drink but is successfully recovered, they’re not going to end up being reported in “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly” or other sources of outcome statistics.
In short: BoatUS may not have measured COB incidents so much as it assessed COB incidents gone wrong. That is to say, we can fear loss of crew less if we’re prepared to prevent the splash in the first place, and if the feared should happen, are prepared to recover COB. If fear stimulates preparation and reasoned response, then good on fear!
Douglas Bostrom Via,