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Boaters trying to lift the outdrive of a boat that has grounded

If you run aground, make sure no one is injured and then check for leaks.

  • If the impact did not cause a leak, follow these steps to try to get loose.
    • Don’t put the boat in reverse. Instead, stop the engine and lift the outdrive.
    • Shift the weight to the area farthest away from the point of impact.
    • Try to shove off from the rock, bottom, or reef with a paddle or boathook.
    • Check to make sure your boat is not taking on water.
  • If you can’t get loose, summon help using your visual distress signals. Call for assistance using your VHF marine radio.
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