How to Survive When Your Boat Capsizes and Floats Away

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You’re out on your boat enjoying the day, when suddenly you have to deal with a catastrophe: your boat capsizes and floats away. You’re left stranded in the middle of nowhere without any hope of rescue. What should you do?

This blog post will teach you how to survive if this ever happens to you!

– Try your best to stay calm. It’s important that you don’t try to swim and risk exhaustion, or go without food for a long period of time.

-The first thing you should do is find something to hold onto so you’re not just floating around in the water while trying to figure out what comes next.

-This could be a life preserver, your boat’s oar, or anything that can help you stay afloat and keep your head above water.

– If there are other people on the boat with you when it capsized and floated away, try to create a line so that everyone is holding onto something for safety. You should all be able to see each other too.

– If your boat isn’t floating away, try to get back into it! You may need something or someone else on the outside of your boat to do this. Try using a pole or paddle (if you have one) and thrusting it through the water in order for them to grab onto it from the other side.

– In the event that your boat is floating away, try to find something in the water with which you could create a line. Use it to form a human chain so that everyone has someone else holding onto them for safety and can keep their heads above water at all times.

– If your boat capsizes and floats away when there are other boats nearby, signal for help from them. Try to get your attention by waving your arms and/or calling out if you’re able.

-Wave their boat over towards yours so that they can come rescue one or two people at a time in the water, who will then take turns helping each other stay afloat until everyone is rescued!

– If there are no boats nearby, signal your distress to someone on land by using a bright object (such as clothing) or an emergency flare.

– If you’re fortunate enough to be wearing a life jacket and have the strength to continue swimming for long distances, swim in the direction of land until help arrives!

– If someone else is near you in the water, tend to them first and then try your best not to float away from each other.

– Take off any items of clothing that are weighing you down or restricting movement. Try swimming with only one shoe on so it doesn’t drag you under once your foot slips out!

– If you have a life jacket, try to keep your head above water and signal for help.

– In the event of an emergency SOS distress call or text message is sent from your boat’s personal EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) device.

– If your boat capsizes and floats away, you’re initially faced with the decision to either stay put or try to swim for land as fast as possible.

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