A British woman has survived 10 hours in the sea off the coast of Croatia after being taken from the Coast Dropped Back of a Cruise Ship
The 46-year-old was alone and 60 miles off the coast when she was rescued and taken to hospital. Details of her remarkable survival are still appearing ̵
1; but what could help you to stay alive in a similar situation?
In this case, there were several happy factors that helped the survivor, including the warm sea.
"The water temperature would have been around 28-29 ° C, which is a bit warmer than a swimming pool," says Professor Mike Tipton, an expert on the survival of extreme environments.
A person can survive for about an hour in 5C water, two hours in 10C and six hours in 15C – but if the temperature is in the high 20s, then it is possible to survive for about 25 hours, he says.
People can go into cold water shock when the temperature is too low, which means they lose the ability to control their breathing and may breathe or drown water.
And when their body temperature drops, someone can become tired, confused or disoriented.
The average temperature of British and Irish waters is between 12C and 1 5C – low enough to cause cold water shock
Try to float
According to this guide on personal survival techniques used for the The best way to slow down the speed of the body is to cool down, not to swim, but to float in the water with your knees up.
The "flat, quiet location" meant that the woman in this case – called by newspapers like Kay Longstaff – was she swims, swims and "stays where she fell," says Prof. Tipton.
"She was not hit by waves all the time, she would inevitably have drowned if that had been the case."
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