Video highlights below from the RNLI/PBO man overboard recovery trials

Motorboat Elevator Part 1
The

line was led from a stanchion to the electric anchor windlass, via an amidships

cleat. A ‘manrope’, with a series of knots, was rigged

from the cabin roof.

Motorboat Elevator Part 2

The line was led from a stanchion to the electric anchor windlass, via an amidships

cleat. A ‘manrope’, with a series of knots, was rigged from

the cabin roof. Bryn controlled the line around the windlass drum and Jan

acted as casualty helper.

Yacht Elevator

This is just a warp rigged to hang over the side in a small bight with

one end made off and the other lead through a snatch block to a winch.

A second ‘manrope’ was tied to a strong point in the cockpit

and passed below the lifelines. This was a thick laid (twisted) rope rather

than a braided one, as it’s better to hang on to, but it shouldn’t

dangle too far into the water, just in case it fouls the prop.

The MOB stands in the bight of rope, helps steady himself by holding onto

the manrope, and is then winched up and comes aboard between the lifelines.

Yacht double-strop

A horizontal lift-out is safer for a casualty who has been in the water

for some time. It is also easier to get him over the rails in this

posture

Yacht single strop

A vertical lift is less comfortable but easier to attach. It is also less easy

to manipulate the casualty over the rails in this position