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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, lift the outdrive and then stop the engine.
    • 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.

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, lift the outdrive and then stop the engine.
    • 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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