The Coast Guard records transmissions so even if you only have one opportunity to get the call out chances are good they got it.
The Coast Guard will worry about getting the information to the appropriate parties - so make sure you get the location information and identification out.
No matter how quickly you shutdown the motors the boat will likely still be moving away from the victim.
Cut all your fishing lines, unfortunately people have been known to try to bring their tackle in.
Maneuver the boat in a safe approach to the victim, be careful with your props, and get them out of the water, depending on the time they have been in the water they may not be able to hold a line so be prepared to grapple them in some way; use a boat hook, tie a loop in a rope and lasso them, or grab them however you can.
Fishing during April and May in many parts of the Great Lakes means that we are fishing in water that is in the high 30s to low 40s.
This is a very dangerous and potentially deadly time of year, especially if something goes wrong and we end up in the water.
Under no circumstances jump in the water to try to retrieve them there are too many risks associated with entering the cold water.
Keep in mind that the victim may not be able to help you get them out of the water.The initial shock can place severe strain on the body, producing instant cardiac arrest” adds the USSARTF.“Survivors of cold water accidents have reported the breath driven from them on first impact with the water …And, finally, hypothermia (exposure) sets in, and without rescue and proper first aid treatment, unconsciousness and death.“As with most critical situations, like cold water immersion, it is very important not to panic.We all watch Deadliest Catch and say those guys are crazy, nuts, and we are all awaiting the next disaster to strike. When is the last time you called yourself nuts for spring fishing on the Great Lakes?