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The importance of hydration for survival

We all know it is important to stay hydrated. As children we are told drink plenty of water, especially if it’s hot outside. But how long can we go without water? And how do people react differently from one another when deprived of water? The story of a woman and her boat crew prove the importance of water for survival.


As they embarked on a sailing trip from Maryland to Florida their boat sank off the coast of North Carolina. All five of them floated on a tiny life raft in the middle of the ocean.


The boat sank at 2pm and by the next morning the survivors were extremely thirsty. By the afternoon of day two the thirst starting literally driving them crazy. One by one they began to dehydrate.


By day three the stranded survivors were becoming delusional due to the lack of water. That night two of the men on the raft consumed seawater in desperation to satisfy their thirst. This turned out to be a bad idea.


On day four in a confused state, the two men who drank seawater jumped into the ocean to their peril. Such a tragic ending driven by dehydration. It must have been terrifying for the all of those on board and sadly the people who perished.


On the fifth day of the ordeal, the remaining people on the raft were so thirst they believed they would die from dehydration. The number of days a human can go without water is estimated at seven. This number is shorter in situations like extreme heat and direct sunshine. This was the case of the survivors on this raft. Day five may have been their last, but luckily they were rescued!


They were immediately hydrated with ice cubes and IV fluids. This true story is captivating in many ways, because it demonstrates the importance of water in our daily lives.




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