Any kind of accident is terrifying because you know that your life is on the line. When you’re on a boat and you know it is slowly sinking, you probably cannot think, so you start panicking. This is normal, but it is not the right thing to do. In case you get yourself in this situation, make sure you know the ways on how to survive a shipwreck. Here are some tips on how to do so:
1. Take advantage of everything that’s available. You may not have a lot, but you surely have things you can use. These can include clothing, which you can use as torches and planks as paddles.
2. Keep calm. It is never a good idea to start panicking because this will cause you to stop thinking clearly. Also, this can drain your energy, so keep a calm demeanor while you are at sea.
3. Look for wounds and treat them. If you have any open wound or cut, make sure you treat them. If there is no first aid kit lying around, you can simply use a cloth to wrap it tightly. If your wound is bleeding, apply a bit of pressure for faster healing.
4. Know that you are at risk of hypothermia. This is a serious problem and it is important that you know about it. The longer you stay in the water, the faster the risk of hypothermia. The water can get colder as well, so once you are aboard, wrap yourself in blankets or anything that can help you feel warmer.
5. If there are other people with you, help them. Some individuals experience shock, which is normal. In case this happens to those who are around you, help them by loosening their clothing if it is tight. Help them lay down with their legs higher than their head. Try talking to them in a soothing voice and give them words of encouragement.
6. Use debris. Sometimes, shipwrecks can leave you in the water for quite some time. If there are no lifeboats around, you can use debris. Find something that you can cling on to, such as a raft, in order for you to keep yourself afloat.
Aside from the ones mentioned above, you should also know that it is forbidden to drink seawater. It is also recommended that you put your feet up every hour for at least five minutes. Make sure that you don’t exert any effort unless necessary.