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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
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Then, to cap the climax, the mate fell overboard at night, and was drowned before help could reach him.
"I warn't prowling around, sir, I fell overboard off of the steamboat."
They all asked me questions, and I told them how pap and me and all the family was living on a little farm down at the bottom of Arkansaw, and my sister Mary Ann run off and got married and never was heard of no more, and Bill went to hunt them and he warn't heard of no more, and Tom and Mort died, and then there warn't nobody but just me and pap left, and he was just trimmed down to nothing, on account of his troubles; so when he died I took what there was left, because the farm didn't belong to us, and started up the river, deck passage, and fell overboard; and that was how I come to be here.
"One of the natives fell overboard," he was saying, in a queer tense voice.
The mast fell upon the head of the helmsman in the ship's stern, so that the bones of his head were crushed to pieces, and he fell overboard as though he were diving, with no more life left in him.
But when it came to be known that somehow or other the dogs never got to the island, but always fell overboard in the night and perished, another howl was raised and the transportation scheme was dropped.
you'll know better by-and-by:' when suddenly the novice, who had been backing towards the gangway in his noisy merriment, fell overboard before their eyes, and splashed heavily down into the river between the vessel and the dock.
The search and rescue (SAR) operation for an Indonesian fishing crewman who fell overboard during a heavy storm that lashed the Sabak Bernam coast near here, on Friday night entered its second day today.
A fatal accident inquiry has been taking place at Lerwick Sheriff Court this week into the death of Mr Rennie, who fell overboard from the King Challenger near Shetland in June 2016.
Coast Guard now has suspended the search for a sailor who fell overboard into Lake Michigan a few miles east of Navy Pier Saturday afternoon during the Chicago Yacht Club's 110th annual Race to Mackinac, the club said.
Coast Guard said that Veera Ponkaew, 28-year-old Thailand national, fell overboard on a speedboat on the way back to his yacht which was anchored at Coron Bay Anchorage Area Friday night.
CGS Coron, the PCG said, was tipped off about the accident after 30-year old British national Joshua Stickland reported to authorities that his companion fell overboard before midnight Friday, May 18.
Containers which fell overboard have been located and are being recovered from sea.