posted on Dec, 3 2006 @ 05:55 AM
I asked a relative who is now retired from the RN, but was a Commander on the Trident subs.
They should have on them saftey lines, which give maybe 8 to 10 feet of play, so that if they get swept off the just get hauled back in.
How ever, a few SF troops ie SBS, have been swept off the bows of a sub in his time, and yes, they have gone right through the screws and sadly died,
as the sheer size and power of a moving subs wake is more than any human could ever swim against.
As for equipment, if they were on the tower, they would have on their normal duty clothes, a cold weather jacket (wind water proof) and a floatation
in the cold, death would be soon as they have no survival gear on apart from the float coat..... In the warm, it all depends on the individual and
their will to survive and battle the effects of the water.
So to sum it up, if they fell of, and didn't have a saftey line, they are as good as dead if the subs moving above 10 - 15 knots.