January 15, 2007
Sorry, just a drill. Today we practiced procedures for man overboard. Everyone has an assignment. Those seeing the person go over continue to watch position while yelling "Man overboard!". Someone near calls the bridge and all are alerted. Crew go to recovery positions, and science members either man lookout stations on upper deck or start throwing over floating devices. Anything, chairs, boxes, you name it, that will float is thrown over to give the ship a trail to follow back to the overboard person. Today we just threw over a painted box. It was surprising how fast it disappeared over the horizon behind waves...thus the need for a trail. All went well. Seas have calmed today and most are getting back to the routine. Most crew members, and now scientist, are looking forward to New Zealand and the trip home. Six weeks is a long time.