Preventing & Mitigating Injuries and Fatalities from Outboard Motors Flipping into Boats: Methods & Technologies Chart
As our list of outboard motors striking submerged objects and flipping into boats continues to grow, and we see no response, we thought we would provide a chart of methods and technologies that have been proposed to help prevent the problem, mitigate the injuries, and speed the recovery of survivors.
We hope this chart will stimulate discussion, encourage action, and help prevent some of these accidents in the future.
The chart is a very large pdf chart, best viewed on a very large monitor. It shows the various time intervals across the top and the groups that could assist down the left side. The matrix is then completed by filling in what each group or entity could do during each time interval to help prevent and mitigate injuries and fatalities from these accidents.
About a week after we posted this chart, we completed a paper reviewing ways outboard motors could be prevented from entering boats. It lists many technologies, methods, and approaches for those trying to address this issue. The paper is titled, Approaches to Prevent Outboard Motors from Flipping Into Boats after Striking Floating or Submerged Objects.