BIM & RNLI announce dates for 2024 Man Overboard Challenge

“Do YOU have the courage to learn what it takes to survive?”

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Irelands Seafood Development Agency has once again joined forces with the RNLI to run a number of Man Overboard Challenges in 2024. The free one-day experience is open to anyone working on board a fishing vessel, or shoreside, including those in the aquaculture sector. The sessions are designed to mimic a realistic incidence of falling into cold sea conditions, wearing full work clothing and without a Personal Floatation Device (PFD), or lifejacket as they are commonly known. This is then followed by the same experience with a correctly fitted PFD, to show the importance and impact of wearing the right equipment.

Although the conditions are controlled and undertaken under the watchful eye of experienced RNLI trainers, they provide a lifelike experience, simulating how work clothing, oilskins, and boots affect a person’s buoyancy, coupled with challenging sea conditions. The sessions also underpin the importance of having and following your Man Overboard recovery plan.

Ian Mannix, Skills Manager with BIM welcomed the returning challenge saying, “Safety at Sea cannot be underestimated. When something goes wrong in the water, things can turn lethal in a heartbeat. Being prepared, knowing the correct procedures and wearing a correctly fitted Personal Floatation Device is paramount for survival. This Man Overboard Challenge will ensure you have lived experience that sets you up for survival. I urge anyone in the fishing and aquaculture sectors to sign up.”

This year, BIM and the RNLI are also welcoming those who would like to join as observers to the sessions.

Frankie Horne, Fishing Safety Manager, RNLI, delivers the course and he said, “Sometimes watching a person go through this visceral experience and witnessing how challenging it is to stay afloat without a PFD can help drive the message home. Almost 50% of fatalities at sea in recent years were because of accidental Immersion or Man Overboard (MOB). When you go overboard, capable people, become incapable very quickly. Be Rigged and Ready.”
The 2024 Challenges will run in the Errigal Training Centre, Falcarragh, Co. Donegal on 9 February and the National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork on Wednesday 14 February 2024.

Watch some footage from last years Challenge here

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Places can be booked by contacting:

Linda-Gene Byrne
E: or M: +353 87 852762

For further press information contact:

Mairéad Mallon, BIM.
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