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Touching floor. Feet astride and arms stretched above head. Forward bend to touch floor with fingers and then stretch up again and backward bend. Do not strain to keep knees straight at first. 2. Knees bend. Hands on hips and stand on toes. Slowly let knees bend so that you rest on your haunches. Count up to five while in that position and then straighten up to original position. Let heels down. 3. Sitting up. Lie on back with feet 6 inches apart. Hands behind head. Sit up to vertical position trying to keep heels on floor.

On this third point Dr. Bombard makes a unique contribu­ tion to the literature on survival at sea by pointing out that fish provide not only food but fresh water. He shows that between 60 and 80 per cent of fish weight consists of water, and an essential measure is to provide rafts and lifeboats with a press which can squeeze a supply of fresh drinking water from fish and, of course, with fishing tackle. The Baileys [9] had no difficulty in catching fish in spite of using improvised fish-hooks, and in their book they describe how the sea around their raft was alive with fish when the sea was calm; this has been the experience of many shipwreck survivors, but some reports have been to the contrary, with few fish sighted and still fewer caught [8].

Another advantage of remaining still is that it is easier for rescue ships to locate survivors. The traveller who has to face such an experience should do the following [8]: 1. Don warm clothing, gloves, thick socks and shoes. 2. Take a travel sickness tablet before leaving the ship in order to prevent seasickness when in the water (or in the life­ boat)—seasickness increases heat loss. 3. If there is access to alcohol prior to abandoning ship, a small amount will do no harm. But a large quantity of alcohol will impair the chances of survival in a cold environment by causing dilation of blood vessels in the skin and so increasing the heat loss from the body.

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