Mr Watanabe Shinya, a first grade office of the Nippon Coast Guard office in Obama City, has devised a simple and inexpensive floating harness that can be used to retrieve Crew Over Board (COB).
The harness is made from a length of 3-strand laid rope
, a polyethylene pool noodle, and a snap shackle. The cost is low: a few US dollars, a few hundred Nipponese yen.
Mr Watanabe designed the harness solve the problem of winching aboard a vessel a COB without injurying the COB. The COB must be either: (1) conscious and able to help themself into the harness; or (2) assisted into the harness by a swimmer. The need for the harness was demonstrated in an incident in which a simple rope
harness was used to winch
a COB aboard, but which caused injuries.
The harness has so impressed Nippon Coast Guard that they are recommending fishing
boats and pleasure craft to carry one. The harness is called the "Anshinya" for convenient reference.
You can read about and see a photo
of the Anshinya (in English) here: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles...0m/0na/016000c
The Tsuruga station of the Nippon Coast Guard has placed a pdf with instructions for making two versions of the Anshinya - a three section harness (with two eyeloops, either of which can be used for winching aboard); and a four section harness (with three eyeloops, either of which can be used for winching aboard). The eyeloops provide convenient lodgements for a boathook, so the 4-section Anshinya might be better.
For your convenience, I have attached a pdf with the instructions (2020909 anshinya.pdf, about 468 KB). The URL for the pdf is: https://www.kaiho.mlit.go.jp/08kanku...09anshinya.pdf
and the URL for the Tsuruga station of the Nippon Coast Guard (aka Japan
Coast Guard) is: https://www.kaiho.mlit.go.jp/08kanku/tsuruga/
The pdf is written in Nihongo. A translating service
such as translate.google.com may be of additional assistance to you.