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board, the strongest swimmers should grasp ropes from
the boat to keep it from dritfing away with the current
or wind. Immediately after the attack plug up all bullet
holes with the wooden plugs and cloth.
35. ABANDON-SHIP PROCEDURE; OVER THE SIDE.
Observe the following precautions when ordered to
abandon ship over the side:
a. Enter the water with the idea of reaching a boat,
raft, or other object which will support you. If possible,
choose your objective first.
b. Avoid entering the water--
(1) Where there is oil or flame.
(2) Between the ship and a boat or raft close to it,
which might crush you against the side.
(3) Near the propellers, if the ship is under way.
(4) Amidships, as your vessel may have a bilge keel
at that point which cannot be seen under water but may
cause serious injury if struck by you when falling.
c. Enter the water-
(1) From the part of the ship nearest the water, fore
or aft if possible.
(2) On the windward side. An exception to this may
arise when ship has been struck on the windward side
and is losing oil or gasoline on that side. Under these
circumstances, enter water on opposite side and imme-
diately row or swim away from ship, beyond her stern
(3) At a spot free of debris.
(4) Where barnacles are fewest.
d. Follow the instructions in paragraphs 17 through
36. JUMPING WITHOUT OIL. a. Precautions; jumping
with life jacket. When all other means of leaving the
ship are being used to capacity or are out of order, jump,
don't dive, and look before you jump. Observe the
following precautions in addition to those outlined in
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