MSS Case July: Rescue boat drill injuries
The vessel was in port and the Master wanted to do a rescue boat drill as no drill had been completed since the vessel was delivered about a month earlier. It was a nice day with favourable weather, and the harbour authority had given the vessel clearance to launch and manoeuver the rescue boat in the harbour.
The Master informed the rescue boat crew that the safety pin should be removed before the rescue boat was waterborne. He did not state at what precise height the pin should be removed but assumed the crew would remove it just before the boat was waterborne.
How should a rescue boat be properly launched, and what requirement is there to how often a rescue boat should be launched? Read the answer in the latest monthly safety scenario case.
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