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breaks in the fire where a breath may be obtained.
These spots can be recognized by their relative dulness;
bright spots mean hot, strong fire. If a break is found,
rise into it; if no break is found, rise into the thinnest
c. Just before breaking through the surface, cross
your arms on forehead, palms up, and push upward
with a strong kick. When breaking the surface, swing
Figure 42. Jump feet first to windward of ship or airplane. As
you jump, cover your eyes, nose, and mouth with both hands. Take
a deep breath. Hold breath until you rise to the surface.
your arms overhead to splash flames away from head,
face, and arms. (See fig. 43.)
d. Swim into the wind. (See fig. 44.) Use the breast
stroke. Before taking each stroke splash water ahead
and to the sides. Keep mouth and nose close to the
water. Duck your head every third or fourth stroke to
keep it cool. If there are several men, swim single file.
Let the strongest swimmer splash a path so the rest can
follow safely in his wake.
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