How to Survive a Sinking Ship

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You’re enjoying a nice day on an ocean cruise. You’re relaxed and secure. Too bad that a rogue wave, human error, high winds, or a mechanical failure just ruined your trip. Suddenly, a huge spray of water douses your clothes. People are rushing around, shrieking and falling over deck chairs. The floor underneath your feet is lurching. Your ship is sinking.

Here’s what you can do to survive a sinking ship. Long before a potential disaster strike, there are steps you can take in order to be prepared. First up, listen. Before a ship sails very far, the captain or a crew member will give a safety briefing over the speakers. As boring as that may be, it will prepare you and maybe even save your life. Find where your life jacket is and practice putting it on, because it may restrict your movement. When it’s on, don’t wear it. Just carry it with you during an emergency and put it on when you’re on the deck. Always have your important medication with you in case your ship does sink and you’re on a lifeboat for several weeks. Next, take a walk. Make a mental note of the signage, the stairwells, and especially the exits. In case of smoke impeding your sight. You need to have an idea of where everything is during an emergency disaster. Now do the same thing you did earlier. Listen, the crew is trained for emergencies, so if instructions are being issued, follow them. Most importantly, do not panic. According to studies, 70% of people experience lessened reasoning ability when they panic, and you don’t want to be one of them. If you’re on the lower section of the ship, get up toward the deck. Stay on the ship for as long as you can, as it’s your safest bet. Avoid jumping into the water, as that’s the most dangerous option.

Did you feel a big lurch? Do you seize water where it shouldn’t be?

Listen for your captain to announce abandoned ship and watch for the crew to drop lifeboats into the water. When a crew member helps you into a lifeboat, stay calm when you’re
out at sea. Collect rainwater in any containers you have. Do not drink seawater or urine.
People with determined and positive attitudes are the ones who tend to survive. Distract yourself from the cold and other discomfort by playing mental games, counting, and thinking of others. If you can, try to tie your lifeboat to other lifeboats. Ideally, all the lifeboats will be tied together so that everyone is easier to find and rescue. Your best chance of survival now is to be helpful and friendly to your fellow survivors. Share your water, food and good morale. It’ll be difficult and scary, but if you follow these instructions, you have a good chance of surviving a sinking ship. But if you feel safe at sea, then how about in the air? Want to know how you can survive a plane crash? Stay tuned for more how to survive.

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