Your safety is very important to us; MEA is evaluated by USCG examiners once a year, and is in compliance with very stringent federal safety regulations for passenger vessels. Ask us to show you our compliance sticker!
When we tell you what to do
“A person…interfering with a safe operation of a vessel so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of a person is liable to the United States Government for a civil penalty of not more than $5,000 in the case of recreational vessel or $25,000 in the case of any other vessel”.
(33 U.S.C. 2302)
Listen to the captain and crew. Even if our “command” does not make sense to you in the moment, follow it right away- we can explain later when it is safe.
If you fall overboard
Stay within the cabin or cockpit, and you will not fall out. But if you do…
- Don’t panic
- Don’t try swimming after the boat (you will get tired very quickly)
- If you see a ring buoy in the water, swim towards it and grab it, for easier floating
- Tread water, and we will pick you up within minutes (promise!)
If you see someone else fall overboard
Your quick action can save their life:
- Spread the alarm in a loud voice by repeatedly calling out, “MAN OVERBOARD”, RIGHT/LEFT SIDE (or if you are a true sailor, STARBOARD/PORT SIDE)
- Throw a ring buoy over the side as quickly as possible- your speed more important here than your aim!
- Maintain sight of, and continuously point at the individual in the water while carefully moving to a position in sight of the captain or crew. Don’t stop pointing when you give details of what happened to the captain or crew.
Duty to provide assistance at sea
“A master or individual in charge of a vessel shall render assistance to any individual found at sea in danger of being lost, so far as the master or individual in charge can do so without serious danger to the master’s or individual’s vessel or individuals on board”.
(33 U.S.C. 2304)
If we see someone in trouble on or in the water, we will help to the best of our ability if we can do so without risking ourselves or the boat, even if it will interfere with our trip.