(M/A means "master at arms", the ethics officer in the sea org.)
FLAG ORDER 1499 21st October, 1968
Overboard, Throwing people
Amendment to FO 1479
As long as the custom of throwing people overboard has grown up, the following drill must be observed:
(1) An M/A Must be present
(2) He must see that boats are not close by nor will they come around from under the stern or bow and so be below for people to bash into.
(3) He must see there is no debris in the water a person can hit.
(4) The person may remove his watch and shoes.
(5) The Chaplain or a deputy must be present to receive the watch arid shoes.
(6) The accuser Must state exactly why the person is being thrown overboard and at whose orders.
(7) The Chaplain must say, "We commit your sins and errors to the waves and trust you will arise a better thetan."
(8) The M/A with any deputised person must throw the person far out from the ship so that he cannot hit the ship.
(9) A person who cannot swim may be put in a life Jacket (which is much worse to hit the water with).
(10) The person is brought aboard via the dock or a pilot ladder or via the boat door.
The degrees of being thrown overboard are being [a] thrown overboard, [b] being thrown overboard twice [c] being thrown overboard blindfolded [d] being thrown overboard with his feet tied in a bow knot.
People may not be thrown overboard under weigh but may be at anchor.
The degree of swell or wave has no bearing on whether they go overboard or not.
Any water gotten on deck by a person thrown overboard must be Mopped up by him thoroughly.
Anyone wearing salt stained clothes or going around wet or trying in any way to make others guilty goes overboard again.
If it is discovered in a subsequent Ethics hearing that the person was not the offender and was wrongly thrown overboard, the person who ordered it must pay a one dollar laundry bill.
L. RON HUBBARD