I deliberately entered a river in order to cross it. I used Alt+direction and my adventurer began swimming around the river. But now I can't climb out, on neither of the two shores.

Is there a different key combination to climb out?

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Are you at least a novince swimmer? Because if you're not

Dabbling or untrained swimmers will start drowning immediately upon contact with water, and require a ramp or stairway to get out. If neither are accessible, they're done for. (Emphasis Mine)

If you are, you should be able to alt-move above.

To get out, alt-move carefully against a shoreline and select the option to move above.

From: Dwarf Fortress Wiki: DF2010:Swimmer

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    Yes, I am a novice swimmer. Whenever I tried to alt-move against the shore, nothing happened. If I alt-moved somewhere into the river it worked, but it didn't work if I moved into the shore. Luckily I got out because the river turned into a brook farther up. Maybe it was a bug. Oct 26, 2010 at 23:37
  • @Martinho Bugs happen.
    – C. Ross
    Oct 27, 2010 at 0:03

It may well be that the river is in a 1 block high canyon, so you swim to the side but it's a (small) cliff rather than a shore. If that's the case then I think you're SOL.

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