What do you do if you or someone else falls overboard? As boat insurance professionals, we know this happens more frequently than many realize.
If you quickly search the news, you’ll see that before Christmas, a cruise ship passenger fell overboard and had to tread water in the Gulf of Mexico for 20 hours before someone rescued him. In early January, a man died after being ejected from his boat after colliding with another watercraft in the Florida Keys. Recently, a man who hooked a huge tuna was pulled overboard off Honaunau on the Big Island of Hawaii. Rescuers have still not found him after searching for a few days.
Here are some tips for what to do if you find yourself in the water: