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Old 04-26-2013
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U.S. tourists swim 14 hours to survive Caribbean shipwreck

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U.S. tourists swim 14 hours to survive Caribbean shipwreck

In situations like this I have been told that staying put is the best course of action. If the captain had contacted SAR they would begin their search from the last know position. In this case the tourists made it to shore in 14 hours while it took 23 hours to rescue the captain and crew.

Also did anyone else find it weird that a 30-year old guy was out on a fishing trip with his sister? Oh yeah, then I read he was an IT technician - makes sense now.
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Re: U.S. tourists swim 14 hours to survive Caribbean shipwreck

I read the story last night and am still questioning their decision to swim for shore, particularly in those conditions. It strikes me that if they had stayed connected together as a group they would have presented a much larger and easier target to locate.

The only circumstances justifying swimming to shore in my opinion would be the potential of rapid hypothermia - a real consideration around here, but not so much there!
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Re: U.S. tourists swim 14 hours to survive Caribbean shipwreck

damn they were lucky to survive that. stupid move to swim for it but glad they made it to shore.
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