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Surviving The Tropics. Around 13 hours into our journey, well into the early hours of the morning, our boat hit a reef and sank

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English Essay- Creative Task/Writing Skills STRANDED: Survival in the Tropics Whilst I was stranded on a deserted island for almost a month, I most certainly acquired the skills or essentials associated with ultimate survival. The seven fundamentals that will help you stay alive are: food, shelter, water, optimism, courage, sharp predatorial instincts and a knack of being cunning when it matters. You must always ensure that the situation is under control, and that giving up is not an option. The following contains some advice on how to ensure your survival and how to escape these kinds of situations alive. So here's how it went- on the 22nd of December 1976, I set out with my two friends Daniel and Scarlett on a boat to meet my uncle, who was the chief of the Lau Group of Islands. He was a powerful man, known throughout the whole country. Around 13 hours into our journey, well into the early hours of the morning, our boat hit a reef and sank. Thankfully, we all managed to get off the boat and swim to the nearest island, which was around three or four kilometers away. ...read more.


One way of finding out is by placing a small portion of the plant or fruit against your lips for around three minutes- if it doesn't tingle, burn or produces any other uneasy feeling, then the fruit is edible. Daniel also knew how to extract water from sand, using a simple reverse osmosis filter and a device known as a solar still- both which required simple resources such as the sun and sea water. Scarlett was an excellent cook, especially when it came to meat. She worked as a chef at a steak house for four years before pursuing her acting career. She had acted in a tropical castaway movie- except she had extreme luxury with her at the time. This was the total opposite. Still, she knew the fundamentals of island survival. I was a lot more ruthless on the other hand, and had spent a lot of time out in the bush hunting animals for food, as well as spear fishing out in the sea. Since there were plenty of boars and wild pigs on the islands, my predatorial instincts were tested. I was also in charge of collecting wood for our beach bonfires. ...read more.


However, the Vodafone operated helicopter, which was on its monthly trip to Kadavu, had finally managed to spot us thanks to our signals of distress. It was an overwhelming experience, with feelings of joy and happiness bubbling within us all. We were so glad to be rescued in the end, and were extremely grateful for the pilot being able to spot us. Apparently we were far off from nearby land, and the helicopter had only taken that route due to adverse weather conditions. Daniel, Scarlett and I were extremely lucky, and we knew it. Even though we may think it may never happen to us, any of us could become stranded on a remote island next time we're out at sea. It happens, but the key is to be well prepared and to educate yourself beforehand on skills and fundamentals required to stay alive in such brutal conditions. Never lose hope- always believe in chances of being rescued or saved. The will to live and carry on is your strongest asset. Knowing how to obtain water, gather food, construct a shelter, and survive with limited resources is essential. Don't take the situation lightly, and always remain aware of your surroundings. Be smart, be bold- but most of all, be brave. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sameer Patel, 1001 ...read more.

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