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    Hey I am terrified of this possibility, I mean, does this happen often ? And if so what do you do and how do you prevent it I mean, what if your just looking out and nasty wave bumps you over ?


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    Chill, it's going to take a serious amount of effort for you to "fall" off a ship. Most bridges are Waaaaaaay higher than most waves will reach.

    Bridges (where you look out from) have these things called windows, (this kinda implies that there are wall type things where there are no windows). Bridge wings have these wall type things up to above waist height and there are raily things around the rest of the ship too.

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      Although one of my fellow cadets managed to fall out the bloody shell door into the harbour - much to everyones amusement :-)
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      • #4
        I must confess I have a huge fear of falling between the ship and the quayside, especially in the ones that don't have ladders on the quayside or anything to cling on to. That and bursting Yokohama fenders... Ok, I'm strange.
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        • #5
          if it did happen (not that it should) I believe most if not all ships have fast rescue craft to get you back but that shouldn't happen in the first place

          but never say never if you have a fear of it just make a effort to watch your step and get your sea legs and then it should start to fade away
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          • #6
            just dont fall in around the gulf of aden :P
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              Originally posted by alistairuk View Post
              Although one of my fellow cadets managed to fall out the bloody shell door into the harbour - much to everyones amusement :-)
              That's why you get harnesses to wear when rigging pilot ladders and hanging around shell doors. Not that anyone actually uses them ever, but once provided, if you fall in, it's your fault.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Unregistered View Post
                Hey I am terrified of this possibility, I mean, does this happen often ? And if so what do you do and how do you prevent it I mean, what if your just looking out and nasty wave bumps you over ?
                When you hear about people falling from ships, generally passenger ships, in the news it's more often then not a polite way of saying they jumped.
                When it is a genuine fall the person involved was probably doing something they shouldn't have like being pissed up and sitting on the rail!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by stronglead View Post
                  if it did happen (not that it should) I believe most if not all ships have fast rescue craft to get you back but that shouldn't happen in the first place

                  but never say never if you have a fear of it just make a effort to watch your step and get your sea legs and then it should start to fade away
                  Passenger ships and some North Sea ships will have FRC's, most cargo ships generally won't. One of the lifeboats will normally be appointed the "rescue boat".
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                  • #10
                    well there you have it haha still somthing there to get you back
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by stronglead View Post
                      well there you have it haha still somthing there to get you back
                      If someone see's you go over and if they can find you. Remember, the only thing they can see from the bridge is your head when you're in the water!
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                      • #12
                        People occasionally do fall in but it does take a lot of effort. There are bulwarks and railings to stop you and if you do have to work anywhere that there isn't any protection then you will be wearing a harness. If the worst happens and you do fall over the side then almost every single cargo ship now has a rescue boat and if they don't then one of the lifeboats will be a designated rescue boat, but that just usually means that it can be hauled back onboard a bit quicker.

                        If you are genuinely worried about it then go on a ferry and see how you feel standing at the railings. Although maybe avoid Calmac, their safety announcements have a recent addition that warns you not to dangle your children over the side so that might put you off a bit!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by minchmermaid View Post
                          If you are genuinely worried about it then go on a ferry and see how you feel standing at the railings. Although maybe avoid Calmac, their safety announcements have a recent addition that warns you not to dangle your children over the side so that might put you off a bit!
                          That really warrants an announcement. If somebody is stupid enough to try this at least it has the added affect of removing there genes from being passed on as it goes wrong.

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                          • #14
                            If you're that worried about it, you probably shouldn't be joining the MN.

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