The PTSA continues to encourage all members to think safety and practice a man overboard rescue before they actually experience one. Here’s retired Coast Gaurd swimmer and safety trainer Mario Vittone’s comments on the above rescue from his Facebook page.
A very telling video about drowning and victim recovery. A distressed swimmer usually cannot reach for flotation. Close isn’t good enough. Also, they will rarely hold on to line without flotation attached. Grabbing the rope means submersion and they let go. Victim #2 came very close to drowning. (25661 crew – what did you learn? Flotation first!).