fall overboard

fall overboard

to fall from a boat or a ship into the water. (See also go overboard) Someone fell overboard and they had to stop the boat and go back. The lady's sunglasses fell overboard.
See also: fall, overboard
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And are you sure, Miss Strong, that you saw a body fall overboard last night?
I do not know that he drank at all--he certainly had not been drinking up to half an hour before I saw that body fall overboard," she answered, "for I was with him on deck up to that time.
D'you suppose I'd fall overboard into your dirty little boat for fun?
I never heard a sailor proclaiming himself as a handful of American citizens traveling for recreation, but I wished he might trip and fall overboard, and so reduce his handful by one individual, at least.
The report shows that cruise lines still need to develop rules on video surveillance to detect criminal activity, transmitting emergency signals to surrounding vessels and measures for detecting when people fall overboard.
One of his colleagues saw him fall overboard and the sea was relatively calm at the time.
No one saw him fall overboard and despite a major search his body has not been found an inquest jury at Llangefni heard.
Should one of you fall overboard, a shipboard alarm sounds and shuts down your engine.
It is not known how the woman, thought to be from Hertfordshire, came to fall overboard from the Princess Seaways DFDS Ferry.
He said there was no killcord - a lanyard worn by the driver which cuts the engine if they fall overboard - on board the Rib.
Mr Tillett concluded, 'The height of the rails around all open deck areas on the ferry meant that an accidental fall overboard was virtually impossible'.
Despite loading and fastening regulations, containers regularly fall overboard during the stormy months of the year.
There were all-night partyers trying not to fall overboard as the fitness freaks jogged past them at sunup.
20pm last night after a passenger on the Stena Line Explorer from Dun Laoghaire in Ireland to Holyhead, said he saw a man fall overboard, a spokesman for Holyhead lifeboat said.
We have a 17-percent recovery (rate) for persons who fall overboard,'' he joked.