Lost at Sea β›΅

Situation Description

You have chartered a yacht with three friends, for the holiday trip of a lifetime across the Atlantic Ocean. Because none of you have any previous sailing experience, you have hired an experienced skipper and two-person crew. About half way through your journey in the mid-Atlantic, a fierce fire breaks out in the ships galley. The skipper and crew have been lost whilst trying to fight the blaze. Much of the yacht is destroyed and is slowly sinking. Your location is unclear because vital navigational and radio equipment have been damaged in the fire. Your best estimate is that you are many hundreds of miles from the land.

You and your friends have managed to save 15 items, undamaged and intact after the fire. In addition, you have salvaged a four man rubber life raft and a box of matches. Your task is to rank the 15 items in terms of their importance to your survival as you wait to be rescued.

Highest Priority

  • An octant 🧭
  • A shaving mirror πŸ”²
  • A quantity of mosquito netting 🦟
  • A 25 liter container of water 🌊
  • A case of army rations πŸ₯«
  • Maps of the Atlantic Ocean πŸ—ΊοΈ
  • A floating seat cushion πŸ’Ί
  • A 10 liter can of oil/petrol mixture πŸ›’οΈ
  • A small transistor radio πŸ“»
  • 20 square feet of opaque plastic sheeting ⬜
  • A can of shark repellent 🦈
  • One bottle of 160 proof rum πŸ₯ƒ
  • 15 feet of nylon rope 🌿
  • 2 boxes of chocolate bars 🍫
  • An ocean fishing kit & pole 🎣

Least Priority

Quick Explanation

According to the US Coast Guard, the basic supplies needed when a person is stranded mid-ocean are articles to attract attention and aid survival until rescue arrives. A transatlantic trip takes roughly 20 days; significantly less with good winds and significantly more without them.

Articles for navigation are of little importance since even if a small life raft were capable of reaching land, it would be impossible to store enough food and water to survive for that amount of time. Without signaling devices, there is almost no chance of being spotted and rescued.

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