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  • Don’t panic.
  • Try to control your breathing.
  • Since air trapped in your clothing will keep you afloat only for a few minutes, immediately swim to the edge where you entered the water.
  • Stretch your arms out across the unbroken ice. Keep your gloves on.
  • If you have a sharp object such as a knife, pen, or ice pick, jab it into the ice so that you can pull on it.
  • Kick your feet as hard as you can, and pull yourself up quickly with your forearms. Don’t put all your weight on your elbows.
  • If the edge breaks off, move forward to the next solid edge and try again.
  • Crawl up onto the ice, and then crawl or roll (but don’t stand—you may break through again) until you’re on solid ice.
  • Take action immediately to prevent hypothermia.
Breaking through ice on a snowmobile