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Tom’s Tips About Sudden Flooding

By Tom Neale, 8/4/2014

1. In addition to appropriate calls for assistance and other safety steps, it's obviously important to try to find the source of the flooding, if you don't already know.

2. Often it's easy to temporarily stop even a big leak. This at least gives time for help to arrive ... or maybe for you to get to shore.

3. But quickly observe how movements about the boat affect the trim of the boat. Also observe the movement of any water you've taken on. Is it starting to move from side to side?

4. Depending on the type of boat, there could be enough water below, where you can't readily see it, to cause sudden imbalance.

5. Because of the possibility of even more flooding at a much faster rate, never put yourself in a position where you won't be able to quickly escape if needed.

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