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Two people in water holding onto floating items to stay afloat

If your boat sinks or floats away, don’t panic.

  • If you are wearing a PFD, make sure that it is securely fastened, remain calm, and wait for help.
  • If you aren’t wearing a PFD, look for one floating in the water or other floating items (coolers, oars or paddles, decoys, etc.) to help you stay afloat. Do your best to help your passengers find something to help them float and stay together.
  • If you have nothing to support you, you may have to tread water or simply float. In cold water, float rather than tread to reduce hypothermia.
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