Is it safe to use a tether? A MUST READ for all offshore sailors

tethers Alt_2knots_cmyk tethers Alt_9416_cmyk1If you are an offshore sailor- this is a MUST READ.

Every now and then, you come across a story of life changing importance. This is one of those.

Extract from a very important Practical Boat Owner article, by Ben Meakins

Perceived wisdom is that if you fall overboard, staying tethered to the boat will keep you safe. But is that the case?

The tragic drowning of the skipper of the Reflex 38 Lion 15 miles south of Selsey Bill in 2011 shocked the sailing world. But the subsequent Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) report was truly chilling because it emerged that Mr Christopher Reddish (47) had done everything by the book. He was wearing a lifejacket and he was clipped on with a tether, or safety, line – but when he went overboard from the foredeck on a dark night he was dead by the time the crew could recover him.

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