Are you fascinated by lost at sea movies? Don’t you think it’s fascinating how the characters come up with strategic ways to survive using only what they’ve got? While you might think it can only happen in the movies, it’s still a good idea to know how to survive, should you ever find yourself lost at sea. Even with limited resources and unknown dangers, it is still possible to survive if you’re equipped with the proper knowledge. Read on to know the most important things to keep in mind when you find yourself lost in the waters.
Lost At Sea: Surviving the Unknown
1. Drink Water
One of the ironies of being stuck adrift the sea or ocean is you are surrounded by water but won’t be able to drink it. Drinking salt water will only make you thirstier and can even make you ill. Instead, collect rainwater with any container or cloth you have with you and stock up.
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2. Build Shelter and Find Clothing
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When you are out in the open sea, finding or making a shelter can be difficult, but it is still necessary. That’s why you must never throw away any clothing or tarp that you have on board.
You can use clothing or a tarp to cover you up in extremely cold temperatures and prevent hypothermia. You can also use them to cover your head on hot days. For extremely hot days or rainy days, you can even use poles or long sticks to prop up the tarp and have it serve as a roof.
3. Be Wary of Shark Attacks
Being out in the open water, you never know when sharks might be lurking around. While the first instinct in this situation is to panic, you need to be on your guard and be alert. If a shark is about to attack you, thrust something at its sensitive nose or take a jab at its eyes and gills.
4. Search or Catch Food
When you’re lost at sea, the obvious food choice you have is fish. Luckily, fish tend to gather beneath vessels. Try using a paracord or any string as a fishing line. Also, be on the lookout for any other food options, such as seaweed, seabirds, or plankton.
5. Look Out for Land
Don’t lose hope of finding land in the vast ocean. After all, there’s always a chance. Look out for these signs:
- Lighter colored water — This indicates shallow water, which is a sign that land is nearby.
- Wave patterns — Waves refract as they approach land.
- Presence of birds — If you see numerous birds together, this may mean that land is not too far from where you are.
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Save your sweat, so you don’t get dehydrated faster. Get some sleep and don’t strain yourself, so you won’t find yourself drinking water as often (you have to save your drinking water). Also, maintain a calm and peaceful mind amidst the situation, as this will help you think more clearly about your next steps.
7. Signal for Help
Be on the lookout for signs of airplanes or ships that can rescue you. Use your smartphone screen or a mirror to reflect the light from the sun and attract the attention of the plane or ship. On a sunny day, the signal can reach up to 10 miles.
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The ocean or sea is as majestic as it is dangerous. While lost at sea stories in movies can be cool to watch, it’s also important to learn the tactics they use in order to survive. More importantly, if you ever find yourself in this situation, do not lose hope. Fight for your life with determination. Without these things, you won’t be able to effectively apply these tips when you’re out there.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on September 13, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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