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How do I use a reaching assist to help a person in trouble in the water?

  • Firmly brace yourself on a pool deck, pier or shoreline, and reach out to the person with any object that will extend your reach, such as a pole, oar, paddle, tree branch, shirt, belt or towel.
  • If no equipment is available, you can perform a reaching assist by lying down and extending your arm or leg for the person to grab.

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