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LOST AT SEA SURVIVAL
TIPS
Jon Schorsch
INTRODUCTION
 Jon Schorsch previously served as a sergeant with the Port of
Seattle Police Department. In that capacity, Jon Schorsch
oversaw numerous dive-and-boat team marine operations as
well as search and rescue operations for people lost at sea.
If you are an avid sailor, the threat of getting lost at sea is real.
Here are a few survival tips to remember if this should ever
happen to you:
- Find fresh water to drink. Sea or ocean water is salty and
bad for consumption, since it speeds up dehydration and
causes illness. Try to capture rainwater instead. If you have a
jacket, remove the hood and use it to collect rainwater. If you
don't have a jacket, use your shirt or any fabric to collect
rainwater and then wring it into a container or your boots.
LOST AT SEA
 - Find food. Fish often hover at the bottom of boats, attracted
to the shadows they cast. Use a paracord as fishing line. You
could also use any string including shoe strings. Use shiny
objects like jewelry as bait, and any available metal wire for a
hook. Hang the line out the side of the boat to catch fish. Use
any uneaten fish guts as bait.
- Beware of sharks. Sharks don’t feed on humans but they do
bite. If a shark comes at you, use a sharp object or your fist to
strike its nose or eyeballs.
- Rescue. If you spot a ship or plane, use your smartphone or a
mirror to reflect sunlight its way. On a sunny day, the reflection
can be seen up to 10 miles away.

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Lost at Sea Survival Tips

  • 1. LOST AT SEA SURVIVAL TIPS Jon Schorsch
  • 2. INTRODUCTION  Jon Schorsch previously served as a sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department. In that capacity, Jon Schorsch oversaw numerous dive-and-boat team marine operations as well as search and rescue operations for people lost at sea. If you are an avid sailor, the threat of getting lost at sea is real. Here are a few survival tips to remember if this should ever happen to you: - Find fresh water to drink. Sea or ocean water is salty and bad for consumption, since it speeds up dehydration and causes illness. Try to capture rainwater instead. If you have a jacket, remove the hood and use it to collect rainwater. If you don't have a jacket, use your shirt or any fabric to collect rainwater and then wring it into a container or your boots.
  • 3. LOST AT SEA  - Find food. Fish often hover at the bottom of boats, attracted to the shadows they cast. Use a paracord as fishing line. You could also use any string including shoe strings. Use shiny objects like jewelry as bait, and any available metal wire for a hook. Hang the line out the side of the boat to catch fish. Use any uneaten fish guts as bait. - Beware of sharks. Sharks don’t feed on humans but they do bite. If a shark comes at you, use a sharp object or your fist to strike its nose or eyeballs. - Rescue. If you spot a ship or plane, use your smartphone or a mirror to reflect sunlight its way. On a sunny day, the reflection can be seen up to 10 miles away.