Ocean Safety and Ocean Signal have together presented six Ocean Signal rescueME MOB1 AIS recovery units to Turn to Starboard, the registered charity which uses sail training to support Armed Forces personnel affected by military operations.
Ocean Safety, a world leader in the supply, distribution, service and hire of marine safety equipment, is the UK’s exclusive distributor for safety and survival manufacturer Ocean Signal which produces the MOB1, and each company has jointly underwritten the cost.
The DAME nominated beacon is the world’s smallest personal locating AIS Man OverBoard device. It will alert those onboard via the yacht’s AIS receiver, and those of any nearby yachts, if a crew member falls overboard, so that they can be quickly located and recovered.
The six units were presented by Ocean Safety Sales Manager Amy Teubert to Turn to Starboard skipper Paul Miller (both pictured) last week.
The units would initially be utilised by a crew of six delivering a Hans Christian 43 from Croatia to Falmouth in the next few weeks. Five of the crew, who are working towards the RYA Yachtmaster certificates, are military veterans who have been affected in some way by military life/deployments.
For all of them the passage will be a physical and psychological challenge. Each crew member will be equipped with an MOB1 fitted to their new Ocean Safety supplied Kru Sport ADV lifejackets, so that in the unlikely event of falling overboard, the AIS will activate and the crew member can be quickly pinpointed and recovered. The MOB1 also has integrated DSC.
“We are very pleased that we have been able to support Turn to Starboard,” comments Amy. “We are honoured to be playing a part in keeping our military veterans safe on racing and cruising yachts.”
Turn to Starboard is encouraged and financially supported by both Help for Heroes and The Endeavour Fund, supported by Prince Harry. The charity also supports retired and serving personnel and their families.