One thing you should know, it's impossible to drown in quicksand unless the person has a heavy backpack and panics, because the human body is less dense than quicksand. The worst that could happen is that you could sink in to just above your waist. Or get your feet wedged in the densely packed sand at the bottom, it's very hard to get them out. Usually people die of thirst or starve to death when they're stuck in a quicksand, and not by suffocating. Follow these steps before getting suck and also in case you're stuck in a quicksand:
- Before getting stuck, walk softly and carry a big stick.
- Once you're stuck, float and don't kick.
- Instead, stay calm and position your body horizontally by leaning back.
- Use the spread-eagle position to help disperse the body weight.
- Try to pull yourself to the nearest sold surface or tree branch by swimming using only the tip of your fingers.
- Remember: don't panic, and disperse your weight horizontally.
Quicksand is usually located near the mouths of large rivers and on flat shores, so make sure to avoid those areas when crossing rivers and shores.
How To Survive a Shark Attack
The most dangerous types of sharks are the great white shark, hammerhead, mako and tiger shark. Other sharks known to attack humans include the gray, blue, lemon, sand, nurse, bull and oceanic white tip sharks. Consider any shark longer than 1 meter dangerous. Sharks have an acute sense of smell and the smell of blood in the water excites them.Some of the measures that you can take to protect yourself against sharks when you are in the water are:
- Stay with other swimmers. A group can maintain a 360-degree watch. A group can either frighten or fight off sharks better than one person.
- Always watch for sharks. Keep all your clothing on, to include your shoes. Historically, sharks have attacked the unclothed people in groups first, mainly in the feet. Clothing also protects against abrasions should the shark brush against you.
- If a shark attack is imminent while you are in the water, splash and yell just enough to keep the shark at bay. Sometimes yelling underwater or slapping the water repeatedly will scare the shark away.
- Conserve your strength for fighting in case the shark attacks.
- If attacked, kick and strike the shark.
- Hit the shark on the gills or eyes if possible.
- If you hit the shark on the nose, you may injure your hand if it glances off and hits its teeth.
When you are in a raft and see sharks:
- Do not fish. If you have hooked a fish, let it go. Do not clean fish in the water.
- Do not throw garbage overboard.
- Do not let your arms, legs or equipment hang in the water.
- Keep quiet and do not move around.
- Bury all dead as soon as possible. If there are many sharks in the area, conduct the burial at night.
When you are in a raft and a shark attack is imminent, hit the shark with anything you have, except your hands. You will do more damage to your hands than the shark. If you strike with an oar, be careful not to lose it.
How To Remove a Tick
Ticks may carry diseases such as lyme and babesiosis. You should remove the tick from your skin as soon as possible. But make sure you follow these steps. The best way to remove a tick is to make it release its bite by pulling it off gently, leaving the tick and its mouth parts intact. So try the follwing:
- Don't touch the tick. Use blunt curved tweezers or a thread.
- Grasp the tick by placing the most part of its body inside the tweezers.
- Start pulling firmly enough to lift up the skin.
- Hold this tension for 3 to 4 minutes and the tick will let go.
- Do not squeeze the body of the tick because its fluids may contain bacteria or tick-borne diseases.
- Do not twist or jerk the tick while pulling upwards because this may cause the mouth parts to detach and stay on your skin.
- People who are worried about lyme disease can place the tick in a small plastic bag and freeze, so that if they get sick later they can take it for lab testing.
- Wash your hands and the affected area with soap and water.
- Watch for signs of such as Bull's eye rash (lyme desease symptom).
More information: We hope this page was helpful and provided you with some information on how to survivw different types of emergencies such as a shark attack, quicksand and how to remove a tick. Check out our main page for more survival scenarios here Survival Guide, knowledge is light, and knowledge can save your life. Make sure you do your best to know what to do in a survival situation and then hope for the best.
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