I'm glad to hear she didn't get hurt at all. Falls are the worst... at least this was a splash and some wet cigarettes.
Reminds me of a time (ok, 2 days ago), when I was standing in my RIB
dinghy on the davits
screwing around with the drain plug
. As I always do, I had one hand for what I was doing and "one hand for the boat."
Well, the previous owner used a great system of blocks and such - all very new to keep the dinghy up. Only thing... his final connection was through some really thin 1" wide, very thin nylon webbing with hooks. I had been suspicious of this nylon and wanted to replace. BANG - SNAP - WOOSH!
The webbing of course, let go and dropped the stern of the dinghy to the water with the bow pointing straight up. I avoided getting wet and probably breaking a leg as I would have landed in the RIB
from maybe 6+ft up at an odd angle by using my "one hand for the boat."
Moral? Always use your hands, never trust your feet, and have "one hand for the boat" capable of supporting your entire weight. I avoided a nasty fall into a RIB dinghy and was just dangling there on the davit, about 3 ft out from the stern, because I used that "one hand for the boat."
**Thought this story might be a plus for this thread. It was a funny
thread, and gladly it didn't result in too much injury, but for those new to boats.... I figured I'd add the above.