Step 1 – Stay on board.
Stay on board your boat to the extent possible before you get into a life raft. The purpose here is to make certain you buy as much time as possible, and use the life raft as an emergency backup. The additional time can be used to gather more supplies or operationalize your emergency plan.
Measure 2 – Take what you can
Step 3 – Protect yourself from the elements.
If you are in an icy water climate, try to remain warm. It is more likely you will die from hypothermia before drowning, going hungry or anything else. Thus, try to put on dry outfits and stay out of the water. Delay your exposure to saltwater for as long as possible as it can harm your skin and cause sores. Present-day life rafts have overhang shelters, which shield evacuees from the sun, wind, and rain. If the overhang shelter is missing or broken, wear a cap, long sleeves, and jeans/trousers to protect yourself from sunlight.
Step 4 – Learn to fish.
Learn to fish and find food. If your life raft has been drifting for a little while, sea expansion will shape on its underside and fish will normally assemble in the shade under you. As with most life rafts, they should include angling snares in their emergency kits, use them to trap and consume the fish raw. If no snare is available, you can mold one using wire or even shards of aluminum from a pop can.
Step 5 – Search for property.
If you see land, try to get to it. But be careful not to overdo it, you’re going to need your energy. Most life boats should consist of small oars and therefore don’t harm yourself.
Step 6 – Signal for help
If you find a plane or another boat or ship, flag them down with whatever you can. You may use a mirror, flashlight (at night of course), spoon, really anything that reflects sunlight.
After such an experience you’re likely to want to be certain to get an emergency kit. Pick a watertight carrying case to store all your items. Ensure its large enough to hold items of different sizes, durable and easy to carry.
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