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Float Plan Saves Seven Boaters Stranded on Deserted Island

By Sailingguide

They probably would have gotten pretty hungry very soon, but at least these young men had told others when they expected to reach their destination. Search-and-rescue aircraft went looking when they didn't arrive, finding them finally on a small uninhabited island where their boat had broken down. Most of us know we should leave a float plan with a family member or friend every time we go sailing, but lots of boaters fail to do and many are lost every year as a result of an unexpected emergency and subsequent inability to call for help. Here's what to include in your float plan.

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