Lake Superior Boating Guide:
Rescue

Photo of man in the water being rescued.

Simple rescue techniques, such as throwing one end of a rope, life jacket, or an oar can be used to easily rescue someone who has fallen overboard. Avoid entering the water to retrieve a victim.

 

Photo of treating a victim for hypothermia.

If the hypothermia victim is conscious give hot, sweet drinks, but no alcohol!

 

Float Plan

A float plan contains your information for boating such as name, boat number, whether you have a radio on board, where you're going and when you'll return. It is designed to help locate you if you're overdue. Leave the plan with the marina operator, relative, or friend and tell them who to call if you are either overdue or an emergency arises.

 

See also:

U.S. Coast Guard (Great Lakes)

Engine Breakdown

Visual distress signals

Cold water & hypothermia

Boat and water safety