Your ability to survive at sea depends on a range of factors which make all the difference. You must absolutely know how to use safety equipment and where it is kept onboard. As well as this, you need to have the appropriate survival skills and, just as importantly, the ability to apply them in the event of an emergency.
Someone falling overboard may initially appear to have a simple solution of just turning around, heading back and picking them up – the reality of the situation can be much more complex. Locating the casualty in the water, navigating toward them with your craft and finally getting them on board can all present their own problems that could see the situation quickly turn tragic.
Extended exposure to the elements can be incredibly dangerous, with hot weather speeding up dehydration, and colder weather putting the body further at risk for hypothermia. Be sure to protect yourself as much as possible from the extremes in the environment to help ensure survival.