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ship and the distance and direction to land can be used
to steer a course.
c. If the lifeboat capsizes, five or six men can right it
by reaching over from one side and pulling down on the
keel or girth lines-ropes running across the bottom of
the boat. (See fig. 34.)
Figure 34. Right capsized lifeboat by pulling down on girth lines.
33. BOARDING LIFEBOATS AND RUBBER BOATS.
a. Lifeboats. (1) Because of their high sides and gen-
eral shape lifeboats should be boarded from the center
of one side. Face the boat squarely, hook the arms over
the side, wait for the next swell to raise your body, and
with a kick roll into the boat.
(2) A man in the lifeboat should aid the survivor by
lifting him above the edge of the boat until his body
can be bent at the waist. This brings the head and
shoulders into the boat. (See fig. 35.) The rescuer
then grasps a leg and pivots the rest of the body into
b. Rubber boats. A lone survivor should board a
rubber boat over the bow or stern. With more than one
man, entrance over the side is recommended. One man
clings to the side of the boat. The other, on the op-
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