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PA Boating Handbook
CHAPTER 5 - SAFETY & RESCUE
Running Aground
Keep a sharp lookout when traveling on waters that have shallow areas to avoid running aground. Navigational charts, buoys and depth finders can assist in this task. If you run aground and the impact does not appear to cause a leak, follow these steps to refloat the boat:
  • Do not put the boat in reverse. Instead, stop the engine and lift the out-drive.
  • Shift the weight to the area farthest from the point of impact.
  • Try to shove off the rock or bottom. If this fails, contact help.
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