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Fast Rescue Craft Coxswain

Graham Marshall - Saturday, May 26, 2012

Fast rescue craft are designed to enable rapid deployment in any emergency situation on water such as a "man over board" scenario.

But a question was recently raised on the Marine Safety Forum about what would occur if the Coxswain of a fast rescue craft was to fall overboard whilst the FRC was traveling at a speed?

In such a situation, because the FRC is fitted with a "dead-man" control mechanism, it would cause the engines to cut out due to the use of the “kill cords” attached to Coxswain.

So how would the FRC crew pick up the overboard Coxswain?  Without the “Kill cords” (attached to the Coxswain) it is impossible to re-start the engine(s). That is quite a dilemma!

All vessels should review their Risk Assessments to ensure that this issue is addressed and a secondary means of starting the engine(s) is available.

An obvious starting-point is to supply each FRC with a full spare set of “Kill Cords”.

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