It all started with a simple yet remarkable torch, cleverly designed and purpose-built to solve one of the most intractable problems in offshore sailing. When someone falls overboard at night, the chances of getting that person safely back aboard can be frighteningly low. Rough weather, cold water, doubledigit boatspeeds, spinnakers, lack of practice, panic and many other factors make it even more of a challenge.
That said, technology can dramatically improve those odds. Exposure Light’s MOB light, which won a DAME Design Award for lifesaving and safety in 2014, was arguably the most significant advancement in man overboard technology since the introduction of affordable, easily portable personal locator beacons. Over the past five years that first innovation has evolved into a full man overboard rescue solution, with further developments now on the horizon. Read on.