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Jumping off of a cliff into water - survival tips

There's an abandoned quarry near me where local kids used to jump off the topmost cliff edge, 100 feet up, every summer. When done properly it is survivable without injury. You have to break the ...
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How do people drown while wearing a life jacket?

Life jackets do not make one drownproof, just increase your odds significantly. Our data also show that over 80% of drowning victims were NOT wearing life jackets when found. We know from other ...
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How do people drown while wearing a life jacket?

In the specific case you mention, both the NY Post and Deutsche Welle say that the cause of death is still being investigated, and both of them point out the low water temperature (the victims were ...
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How do you flavour your water on camping trips?

As a former soldier (and Medic), I personally don't flavour my water during the outdoors. The contents of the canteen/flask might be required for a non-drinking purpose such as: Eyewash Rinsing ...
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How to transport personal belongings while swimming long distance?

There are these types of dry-bags that float and are combined with a leash and waist band. They are often marketed as primarely a "safety buoy", as they provide you with visibility, which is ...
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Ways to desalinate water when "lost at sea"?

Salt dissolves in water so will pass though a normal filter or cloth. You can try that with a coffee filter at home. So there's definitely an error in the article. A still (i.e. distillation ...
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Ways to desalinate water when "lost at sea"?

You can place an empty cup in the middle of a lightly filled bucket of sea water. You then place a plastic bag over the bucket, with a stone in the middle so it has a dip in it over the cup. The sea ...
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Surfacing out of a sunken ship/submarine - Survival Tips

Even though the question describes a hypothetical and unlikely situation I think it has some merits as it is somewhat relevant for SCUBA diving also: it describes an emergency uncontrolled SCUBA ...
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How to freeze a water container without deforming it?

Don't fill the container You can't win in a battle against the laws of physics. Water expands when it freezes, so you need to leave some room in your bottle for it to expand into. What I find works ...
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Can I get fresh water from ocean fish flesh?

Let's say you lose 2 liters of water per day. To replace 2 liters of water by eating fish, you need to eat, for example, 2,500 g of cooked Pacific cod, which, besides water, also contains 500 g of ...
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Surfacing out of a sunken ship/submarine - Survival Tips

First and foremost: Don't Panic At 30m, you'll be fine if you can free yourself within about 20 minutes and know what you're doing. That being said, there is a good chance you won't know your exact ...
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Jumping off of a cliff into water - survival tips

Feet first is always best - you might break your legs if you hit the bottom, but at least you won't break your back, neck, or be knocked unconscious - all of which can kill you, either through the ...
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How to keep paper from being damaged by water in the outdoors?

At the risk of stating the obvious... ... just not letting your paper get wet in the first place is by far the easiest and cheapest solution. How you might ask? These solutions worked well for me in ...
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Had to drink untreated water: Any immediate action to avoid getting sick?

The best thing you can do to both ward off illness, and catch any illness so it can be treated early, is to schedule an appointment with your doctor, soon. When you request the appointment, make sure ...
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How do people drown while wearing a life jacket?

PFDs come in various flavours: The best ones have sufficient floatation around the neck, and enough more flotation on the front compared to the back, than an unconscious victim is naturally rotated ...
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Hanging water bags for bathing without tree damage

Instead of using the branch as a pulley, lift the bag into position with one hand while pulling the slack out of the rope with the other. If the bag is too heavy to lift over your head with one hand, ...
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How to keep paper from being damaged by water in the outdoors?

The solution to this problem is waterproof paper. You can get it in notebooks, journals, legal sized for printing maps or documents etc. I have also seen at least one organization that had their ...
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Jumping off of a cliff into water - survival tips

Well, first thing first, 100' (30 metre) is likely not to end well for you. So really the question stops being valid way before that. Second, if you've ever spent anytime diving and had the pleasure ...
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Hanging water bags for bathing without tree damage

Using anatolyg's idea of the carabiner, I think this will work. Thank you Anatolyg!
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How to transport personal belongings while swimming long distance?

Until you got to "shorts and T shirt" I'd have said a waterproof belt bag. I've used them kayaking (on the rare occasions when it's warm enough to go without a drysuit or at least dry-cag in the UK) ...
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How do you flavour your water on camping trips?

Few things I do: bring tea. bring water flavoring packets, like Crystal Light or Propel. bring coffee or instant coffee. know your surrounding vegetation and make tea out of different plants, ...
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How do I make sure my cliff-diving location is safe?

Always surface dive/snorkel first. I have cliff dived in two locations - one is normally deceptive: poor visibility, shadows etc but on visual checks turned out to have 100 ft straight down to a ...
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Hanging water bags for bathing without tree damage

Make a figure-8-on-a-bight knot on the center of your rope; clip a carabiner into the knot. Clip the center of a second rope into the carabiner. Toss your first rope over the tree branch using the ...
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Can you boil an egg in dirty water?

As someone with +10 years experience as a boy scout, I have never had an incident or heard of an incident where cooking with wilderness water led to bacteria infections, sickness, etc. You should ...
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How to freeze a water container without deforming it?

I have found that soda pop bottles are designed for higher pressure and don't deform as badly. Plus they are cheap to replace. In general a soda pop bottle filled to just the start of the shoulder ...
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Ways to desalinate water when "lost at sea"?

Disclaimer: This is not safe. This is not well tested. This belongs here, not on the other question. This is weak evidence in collaboration for the drinking seawater claim. On request by Seth ...
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Is it safe to drink out of a rusty thermos?

People do not realize that their public water are delivered by iron pipes buried 20 to 80 years ago. I was an engineering student and if you cut those pipes you will see rust around the pipes. So ...
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