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How do I help a person who is in trouble in the water?

  • When possible, start by talking to the person.
  • Let the person know that help is coming.
  • If noise is a problem or if the person is too far away to hear you, use nonverbal communication.
  • Direct the person what to do, such as grasping a line, ring buoy or other object that floats.
  • Ask the person to move toward you, which may be done by using the back float with slight leg movements or small strokes.
  • Some people can reach safety by themselves with the calm and encouraging assistance of someone calling to them.

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