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

  • If the water is safe and shallow enough (not over your chest), you can wade in to reach the person.
  • If there is a current or the bottom is soft or unknown, making it dangerous to wade, do not go in the water.
  • Wear a life jacket and take something with you to extend your reach, such as a ring buoy, buoyant cushion, kickboard, life jacket, tree branch, plastic cooler, picnic jug or paddle.

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