When Your Boat Gets Stuck Aground
What to Do When Your Boat Gets Stuck Aground
If you try to take your boat through shallow waters, the chances are high that you will end up stuck aground. Should this happen, you need to know what the best approach is to get out of the situation with as little damage as possible. The tips below should help.
1. Don’t Panic
It’s easy to start panicking the moment your boat wedges into the sand. But you can’t let this feeling take over – you have to stay calm. If you don’t, you’re going to make matters worse. Before you do anything, sit down and take a few deep breaths. Think about what happened and try to develop a plan. Don’t jump around screaming or crying. If you have someone on the boat with you, ask them to help you brainstorm. They may have an idea that didn’t occur to you. Explain the situation to any young children in a way they can understand without frightening them.
2. Find Out If the Tide Will Change
When you want to get unstuck, it may simply be a matter of waiting for the tide to rise. Maybe you were boating when the tide was at its lowest. Wait it out. Play a game, listen to music or just talk to your passengers. You could be free within a matter of hours.
3. Call a Towing Company for Assistance
If you know that the height of the tide won’t make a difference, you may have to call a professional towing company. They can pull you out and get you where you want to be using special tools.
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