Shipwrecks can certainly be nightmare situations, even if they’re incredibly rare.
If you’re the kind of person who travels by water often, you might have a fear of what happens during – and after – a shipwreck.
However, there are ways that you can work to ensure both your safety and the safety of others.
Put Survival First
When a shipwreck happens, there’s not a whole lot of time for you to figure out what to do. That’s why you won’t want to spend too much time panicking or freaking out due to your circumstances.
If you are panicking, take deep breaths and remember that thinking before you act will help you survive for more than just rushing around and hoping to find someone that will save you.
After all, you’ll have to keep yourself in check in order to get off the boat and get safely away from the wreck!
Know Where The Flotation Devices Are
Doing some preparation can greatly help you put your best foot forward in terms of surviving a shipwreck. Before there are even any signs of danger, you should be able to confidently locate life preservers, rafts, and lifeboats that are on your boat.
You can use this information to your advantage in the event that something does go wrong. By already knowing the location of these devices, you’ll be able to help guide others and bring yourself to safety quickly and efficiently.
Get Away From The Boat
If you’re in the water with your floatation devices, it’s time to get away from the boat as fast as possible.
Work to swim away from the boat as fast as you possibly can, ideally in the direction of land where you can call for more help.
Stay Focused On Your Survival
Focusing on your survival is the best way to help ensure that you get off the boat and safely to land. If you’re busy focused on helping yourself and others, you won’t have time to panic – which can make a seriously positive impact on your rate of survival!