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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 or your VHF marine radio.