When it came time to hoist our victim for the day back aboard, there was nothing easy about it. This is one stage of the recovery that deserves plenty of thought and practice, particularly if the crew is shorthanded or of
dissimilar sizes. With any of these retrieval methods, if there is a swim ladder aboard, particularly one that goes over the side, be sure to rig it to give the COB some footing when coming back aboard. Also, if you plan on using a block and tackle to assist in the recovery, have it ready and know where all the hardware is kept. Having other items available could be handy in the moment, such as a throw line (like Mustang Survival’s Throw Bag ($80), with 75 feet of line), extra flotation and a spotlight.