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Useful survival trick

I going through a book about sea survival.

One very interesting survival problem and trick solution was mentioned.

The survivors were all in gumby suits. When they got to a life raft they were unable to grasp the hand ropes on the side of the raft with their suit gloves. Several people tried for a frustrating long time and failed. The problem was that the rope hand holds were tight enough to the raft body that the thick gloves could not get behind them.

The only trick that they were able to do that worked was to bite the line with their teeth and put it away enough to get their gloved hand around it.

Good to know to not waste energy trying it a way that would not work.
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What book is this?
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Re: Useful survival trick

I'm thinking small-boat sailors might have resorted to teeth earlier than other mariners--we're more used to using teeth as a third hand or extra clear, as needed.

Please don't tell our dentists...
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Re: Useful survival trick

I'm glad they figured out a way to get on the life raft, but I have to say that it sounds like extraordinarily poor design to have the ropes that tight.
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It is a book about the Bounty. I'm listening to it in the car.
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Re: Useful survival trick

Those gumby suits are a very two edged object. They keep you warm... But you die from not being able to swim, dive under waves, get into liferafts etc.

I havent used one, thankfully, and have no desire to either.

That was the Bounty book, but what about those guys on the Cheeki Refeeki who, we think, couldnt dove down to the upturned cockpit to release the life raft. Horrible stuff.

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