Have Fun in a Boat But DON’T DROWN (Jun, 1950)

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Have Fun in a Boat But DON’T DROWN

SWIMMIN’ time again, with a world of fun—and some serious hazards, too. As usual there’ll be tipped boats and other horseplay. G. E. Tatum, safety engineer for a public utility, offers common-sense advice on how to have fun and stay alive. In case your boat tips you overboard, Tatum says, rock it to slosh out as much water as possible, then crawl over the stern

and sit on the bottom while you scoop out the rest. In no case should you leave the boat. If the craft capsizes in a fast river, grab it and angle upstream, not down, so the current will help you ashore. In a canoe, keep your weight low, and if you must change places one person should bend low while the other crawls over him. If the canoe overturns, swim to the stern, push it down and stand on it under water. The canoe will shoot up and out, dumping part of the water. Then rock it from the side to slosh out the rest, grab both railings and swing yourself in so you land in a sitting position. Safety rules won’t spoil your fun, but they may save your life!

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