Survival lessons after shipwrecks gleaned from movies
Many of us from time to time appear on the high seas, whether it's swimming on a "banana" or weekly sea cruise. Although the probability of a shipwreck today is negligible, sometimes the question arises in the mind: what would happen if this does happen? We watched a few movies about people who survived the shipwreck, and learned there's some vital information.
Director: Alfred Hichhok
Classics of the genre from the master of horror today, alas, looks very naive. At least with regard to tips for survival. The action takes place during World War II. After the attack, the German submarine sinks the American floating hospital. Survive only a few people, including well-known socialite, photojournalist Connie Porter performed once popular American actress Tallulah Bankhead. When the lifeboat end products it offers to use her bracelet with diamonds as fishing bait. It cling to the hook, and then it bites a huge big fish. Whether it is possible to fish for diamonds - the big question. On occasion somehow try.
Against the Sun (2014)
Director: Brian Peter Falk
A situation similar to the previous film, but based on real events. During World War II in the Pacific falls strayed US Air Force, which ran out of gas. All three drivers are still alive, and even manage to inflate a life raft and climb into it. The film - a whole bunch of life hacking.
The first step is to choose the captain, to which all others will unquestioningly obey. If in the previous film choices have grown into almost a brawl, everything was simple: the command of the commander of the aircraft picked up, he is older in age and rank. Next: to produce water audit, food and anything else that is in the boat, down to the last rope. This rope at the right moment can save your life.
Then, try to at least roughly determine your location. If you do not have my card, you need to draw it from memory at least, in future memory, as well as other senses, can refuse, and the card will remain. If possible, you need every day (the sun) or every night (star) at the same time determine the change of the location, in order to understand the direction in which you are the wind and the tide. From this we can determine how long you will still be in the high seas and in accordance with the spread between the rest of the daily requirement of food and water. The main thing - water.
And now for the unpleasant. If water is scarce, and it, of course, there is little need to alternate drinking fresh water and ... own urine. And in any case, do not drink sea water. If all of a sudden it starts to rain, you have to take off her clothes and saturating it with moisture, periodically pressing cloth over some capacity. Let the water is dirty, but still it will be water. In the end, then it will be possible to drain.
Incidentally, this is the only film in the review, which is an additional measure for saving offers prayer.
All Is Lost (2013)
Director: JC Chendor
The Amazing movie with Robert Redford, in which almost no words, but action always keeps the audience in suspense. Aged sailor shipwrecked in the middle of the Indian Ocean and, after his boat sinks into the abyss continues to sail on an inflatable raft. Before us is an experienced athlete who also has a lot to learn.
First, he says that in the bins had lying around someone once given to a sextant (a tool that measures the height of the sun above the horizon and determine the geographical coordinates). Almost a souvenir in a moment becomes the main instrument of survival. Well, that was the instruction, how to use it, because our hero is never even opened the box in the gift box. Why, when fully dzhipiesov and other modern pieces? Second - water. The film shows a step by step method of production by evaporation of sea water in the sun. Look. And yes, the most important thing - never divorce on his raft fire. Even the signal. This could end badly.
The main thing - do not lose hope. (Interestingly, in the US box office movie title has a diametrically opposite Russian meaning: "All Is Lost" - "All is lost.")
At the heart of the Sea (2015)
Director: Ron Howard
In this film history, too, have a kind of life hacking, but this life hacking will not wish and the enemy. A young writer is going to write a book about the strange death of an American whaling ship "Essex". Ships in 1819 to smithereens blew a gigantic white whale. To do this, the hero of the saga is interviewing one of the survivors of the whalers. Needless to say that the name of the writer Herman Melville, and he's going to write the novel "Moby Dick."
Survivor whaler reluctantly at first, and then increasingly warming to and imbued with confidence, he explains how the team has managed to survive. It's no secret that people who find themselves in a similar position - one, in a fragile boat in the middle of the sea, - sometimes lose their human form and go up to cannibalism. American sailors have solved this problem as follows: when hunger became unbearable, they cast lots, and the one to whom he fell, he put a bullet in the forehead.
Life of Pi (2012)
Director: Ang Lee
The situation is similar: a survivor of a shipwreck writer comes to ask him about the details. Of course, this is a film metaphor, and it is not much we can help, but in one it echoes the previous picture. In the beginning, the protagonist calls himself a convinced vegetarian, and his alter ego - man-eating tiger, who was inside of him and helped him to survive - was in the distant past, as well as the whole story. Interestingly, the consultant for the survival of the sea in the film "Life of Pi" was a famous yachtsman Steven Callahan, author of the book "76 days in the sea captivity" in which he described his voyage on an inflatable raft after a shipwreck that occurred on his yacht in 1982 .
Director: Baltasar Kormakur
And what to do if you were quite alone with the ocean? Not a boat, not on the raft, and just in the water, as happened with the character of the Icelandic film "The Abyss", also based on a true story.
In March 1984, Iceland shores sank a fishing boat. Survived only one crew member sailor Gulaugur Fraytorsson. He spent six o'clock in the water, the temperature of which was slightly greater than zero, but swam to shore, and then another three hours walking on snow-covered lava field to the nearest shelter. After his miraculous rescue, he became a real star, and his survival experience was the basis of British naval special forces training.
What can be learned from this movie? Miracles happen, and human possibilities are endless. So yeah "All Is Lost".