Wearing a lifejacket ‘not a personal choice’, says US Sailing
, 2022-11-10 06:20:24,
US Sailing has said all crew should wear a lifejacket, harnesses and tethers in inclement weather or when conditions warrant it, and that it shouldn’t be a ‘personal choice’
US Sailing has stressed that those who don’t wear lifejackets put themselves and the entire crew at risk in the event of a person going overboard.
The body’s recommendations come after it carried out an investigation into the death of Colin Golder, 74, who died when he went overboard from the Centurion 42, Morgan of Marietta, during the 52nd Annual Newport to Bermuda Race.
He was not wearing a harness with a tether or lifejacket at the time, in contravention of the race’s safety requirements.
The crew, many of whom were clipped onto the boat with two tethers, say the yacht was hit by a large wave, and Golder was washed over the top of the leeward lifelines and into the water.
Conditions at the time were reported as 25 knot gusts and 10ft waves, and the boat was sailing at 8-10 knots.
Morgan of Marietta’s crew executed man overboard procedures immediately, and within five minutes had managed to throw Golder a Lifesling, which he got into, connecting him to the boat.
But, Golder lost consciousness and died soon after.
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