• Published: 22 Aug 2023

Operating a Vessel - Person Overboard


Description of Incident

A tender was being used to transfer personnel from a tugboat to an offshore mooring point (calm buoy). The tender was pushing upagainst the calm buoy ladder, and as the last person stepped off,the tender slipped off the ladder and surged forward. Consequently,the Coxswain lost balance and fell into the water.

The Coxswain was unharmed and was able to retrieve themself from the water by climbing up the ladder of the calm buoy, with assistance from the transferred personnel. After the Coxswain entered the water, the unmanned tender continued to operate under power, manoeuvring in circles adjacent to the calm buoy.

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