Will you survive if you are thrown into the sea with your hands and feet tied up? That will be a hard question to answer unless you are a “superhuman diver.’
However, if you ask the former Navy Seal Clint Emerson, he would definitely answer yes. Furthermore, he will tell us that with adequate practice, anyone would be able to do it.
In his book entitled 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide, Clint shared numerous skills he has learned during his time serving the United States Navy and his insights are absolutely useful.
One of the chapters discusses the theoretical question if anyone would survive thrown into the sea with your hands and feet tied up.
He wrote: When an operative is captured in hostile territory, the odds of survival are low.”
” Instead of being taken to trial, he will likely simply be made to “disappear” which is why operative practice escaping while wearing undefeatable restraints on hands and feet, both in water and on land.
“Tied up, thrown into open waters, and left to drown, the well-trained operatives still has recourse to a few skills that can help extend his life until he is found or reaches solid ground.”
He further explained:
“When it comes to self-preservation in water, the key to survival is breath control. With the lungs full of air, the human body is buoyant – so deep breaths and quickly exhales are key.”
“Buoyancy in freshwater is more challenging but still achievable. Panicking, which can lead to hyperventilation, is the number-one enemy to survival.”
” Restraints and body positioning may make breathing a challenge, but repositioning is always within the Nomad’s grasp. In shallow waters, use a sinking and bouncing approach to travel shore, ricocheting off the seabed or lake floor up to the surface for an inhale.”
“When facing down, whether floating in place or using a backward kicking motion to swim to shore, the operative should arch his back in order to raise his head above water.’
There are tendencies that it will be difficult when thrown in rough waters but despite this, Clint said that there are still chances.
“In rough seas, this may not give him enough clearance to get his head out of the water. Instead, a full body rotation will allow him to take a deep breath and then continue traveling forward.”
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