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Make shift "Bag Boat" or "Life Buoy" - a technique used by a group of hikers with a fully loaded packs in order to cross a body of water.
How it works:
1. Make your pack buoyant by trapping air inside using a big sturdy plastic bag that can fit your stuff. Also, acts as waterproofing for your stuff.
2. Two person will swim ahead, across the river with a line of rope with them. Also, acts as security in case the swimmer is being swept by the current, then the team can easily pull them back the shore. (Safety first: Always wear life vest and helmet if crossing a gulch).
3. The rest of the team must connect all the bags including those from the two who swam ahead and make it like a raft. Carabiners and utility ropes can be handy for this. You can also use extra life vest to wrap under the raft for extra buoyancy
4. Tie the end of the rope to the raft and strategically plan the position of your members on the raft pairing those with swimming skills with the unskilled.
5. Now each member can now grab a piece of a rope attached on the raft and give signal to the two to pull the raft. Tying yourself on the is not advisable for easy release if the raft is take by the current.
6. Help those two who are pulling the raft by untangling vines or obstruction for the raft.
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