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fall overboard

To fall over the side of a ship or boat and into the water. Hey, be careful standing by the railing like that—if we hit rough waters, you're liable to fall overboard!
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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I declare I thought somebody had fallen overboard!"
Bertie did not know that it had been especially prepared for the occasion by Captain Malu, and he read therein how on September 21, two boat's crew had fallen overboard and been drowned.
Toward the close of the third day's travel there was a cry from one of the rear boats, and an alarm of a man having fallen overboard was given.
As the prahu's nose touched the bank Muda Saffir stepped aboard and with many protestations of gratitude explained that he had fallen overboard from his own prahu the night before and that evidently his followers thought him drowned, since none of his boats had returned to search for him.
The Department for Transport (DfT) will also work with industry body Seafish to deliver more than 500 personal flotation devices fitted with locator beacons, worth a total of PS250,000, to help find people who have fallen overboard - the most common reason for fatalities at sea.
"Emergency services were called to Liverpool Pier Head at around 6.40pm following reports from the coastguard that a man had fallen overboard from a boat in the River Mersey, believed to have been close to Tranmere Oil Terminal in Wirral.
A fire department diver died after he jumped into the Chicago River in search of a boater who had fallen overboard, officials said.
Having fallen overboard while sailing on the Long Island Sound due to slipping on deck, Paul Sperry made it his mission to solve the problem of how to maintain a firm foothold.
The Valencia Coast Guard was called at 6.30pm by Spanish authorities who said a fisherman on one of the country's ships had fallen overboard.
Coast Guard spokesman Eric Chandler said it was unclear why the sailor had fallen overboard and conditions were not particularly bad at 11.30pm on Saturday, when the man tumbled into the water.
The body of British woman believed to have fallen overboard from a cruise ship in the Mediterranean has been recovered.
RNLI lifeboat crews from Beaumaris raced to the scene just after 1.15pm to make sure no one had fallen overboard. But they discovered there was nothing to indicate the boat had recently been occupied.
Summary: Rescue teams fear that an inexperienced sailor thought to have fallen overboard during a solo fishing trip may have drowned.