Originally Posted by limejucer
Arne nicolaysen 1955 29hours
He fell overboard
from Hogg Silverspray on Xmass eve and swam on spot until the British surveyor
picked him up following night at 04:00. During his swim he thinks he saw upto 20 ships who didnt stop despite his shouting etc.
one though cookie I think.
The odds that a passing ship will hear you calling out are quite small. Human voices, unlike bird's cries, are not designed to carry across water
. This is why every PFD
should have a whistle attached to it. It's why I believe in wearing a fanny pack with a hand-held radio
secured to it. They make radios now that wil give your lat and ong. There are any number of other things that can be done to make yourself more visible. One of the easiest ones is to put reflective tape across the tops of your PFD's. They reflect in sunlight as well as in the dark.
What saved all these people was stamina. Likely they ate well, which gave their bodes the energy needed to keep their body heat up. They had to know some efficient way of staying up in the water.
And, of course, there's EPIRBS ...