How to escape a sinking ship

this was in today's NY Times magazine section




16 Answers

Boils down to keep calm and use common sense

I like the part about you may be in a lifeboat for days or weeks ....not this old gal ... I'll take my chances swimming lol.

Does the Indianapolis ring a bell?

Love the "have-a-go" hero. Unfortunately, there are quite a few of those. More often than not, they do more harm than good.

How about maritime law does not allow children and women to board first.

In reality the long and short for survival is to stay calm and use common sense

I would take this advice seriously, but then too, with a lot of skepticism, since a good part of it is simple common sense, but statements such as life boats seats nowadays are provided for every guest? Near as I can tell, from current regulations, life boat seats are not provided for all but 75%. On the other hand, life rafts, life boats (tenders included) are required to provide a capacity for 125% of all those on board including crew. For instance, the larger Princess ships (140,000 gross tons) have 11 tenders (tenders are used in a dual capacity as life boats and tenders on almost every line) 2 life boats and 5 rescue boats and many more life rafts secured on the boat deck in capsules for immediate release, due water pressure or other activation. He mentions with respect to the life boats "unless the ship's tilt prevents", very true, as all life boats on one side may very soon become unusable, rendering the 75% seats to about 37.8% actual seats. He also mentions ship announcements, as to go here or there. Once again, be very careful here and have your wits about you. What announcements on the Costa Concordia? What announcements on the Titanic? The list goes on. Here is my summation of my current safety concerns on the mega-ships we now use every once in a while: "I am not at all satisfied with the emergency procedures, facilities for such and the drills etc, or the lack thereof, needed to cope with a disaster at sea involving a vessel of this size. The complexities of such give me the chills when I contemplate the potential of a catastrophic accident at sea involving fire, collision or other seagoing eventualities, particularly if the vessel experiences a rapid list to one side or the other. It doesn't appear to me that Carnival Corp learned much from their Costa Concordia sinking".

If the ship is sinking, are you realistically going to have time to make sure you have layers on and grab your prescription meds??

Exactly. Somehow I believe that'll be the last thing on your mind.

The important thing is to stay calm & obey instructions.


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