It’s been a long day on the water and your boat has run aground. You check for leaks, but there are none to be found. What now? It is important that you take care of these 10 steps in order to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you:
1) Check for any other hazards, such as rocks or fixed objects near the shoreline
2) Put up warning signs so others know not to come out onto the water until you are gone
3) Get all passengers off of the boat safely before trying anything else (perhaps wading ashore or using a tow line from another vessel if possible). If it is not safe to get everyone off at once, then round up groups of people and take them in small intervals
Continued: make sure that as you round up the passengers, they are gathered together onshore so that they can be taken off one at a time
Make sure everyone is accounted for before leaving anyone behind!
Do not leave any valuables or safety equipment onboard. If your boat has sunk, it’s been damaged during grounding or some other reason, these items may have already lost their function. The only thing left to do with them now is to document what happened and save what you can from being ruined by saltwater until proper disposal measures can be implemented (call local authorities).
Be mindful of shifting tides when walking around and moving materials between land and water.
Give passengers a thorough debriefing to ensure they are aware of the potential dangers, their responsibilities and what needs to be done in the event that an emergency situation arises.
Secure all loose materials or items on board your boat before leaving it for good (e.g., life vests, fire extinguishers). Ensure that fuel tanks have been properly drained by using an appropriate h
/canister to remove any residual contents. You should also check your bilge area for standing water prior to departure out of habit even if you find no evidence of leakage from other areas below deck – this will help safeguard against contamination due to tidal change while transporting goods back ashore .
Turn off engines when moving material between land and boat.
Disconnect shore power cables, batteries and any other appliances you have on board to prevent short circuiting or risk of sparking a fire due to contact with salt water.
Take note of what is inside your bilge area so that if there are leaks from the bottom hull we know what was in there at the time of sinking. Ensure all valuables are removed as well – this will help protect against theft .
If needed, put out fuel fires by using an appropriate extinguisher for oil (e.g., CO) and never use water or foam based agents which may cause it to flare up again ! Remember that diesel can be extinguished with sand or baking soda while gasoline requires either drano or salt.
Put out any fires that are burning in the engine room with a fire extinguisher and use lots of water to cool down hot components . If it is an electrical fault, make sure you turn off all power sources before touching anything.
Take note of what’s been spilled so if there are leaks from the bottom hull we know what was in there at the time of sinking (e.g., fresh paint). This will help protect against theft!
Check for fuel, oil or other hazardous material spills outside your boat as well – just like on land these can cause significant environmental damage to wildlife and vegetation nearby when left unchecked ! The same applies for sewage which may leak onboard due to impact damages, this can pollute the water and cause illnesses to anyone who comes into contact with it.
Seek assistance from your nearest authorities if there are no obvious leaks found on or near your boat but you suspect that something may be leaking below the surface of the hull ; this could lead to hazardous substances being released in large quantities over a long duration.
If someone’s life is at risk, call 911 immediately!
Check for any existing insurance coverage as well; some types of marine insurance will cover leakage damage caused by grounding . This might not apply if you had just sunk while underway due to collision with another vessel (e.g., an oil tanker). Nonetheless, check what is included beforehand and make sure you’re covered before disaster strikes