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Suddenly you are submerged….

Discussion in 'Exploring everything under the sun!!' started by aldive, October 2, 2002.

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  1. aldive

    aldive Elite In Memoriam

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    What would you guys do in the following scenario….

    You are driving down a road in the rain and wind, visibility is minimal suddenly another vehicle runs into you and forces you off the road down a bank and into a lake. You are wearing the seat belt so there is no impact damage to you. You are alone in the truck.

    The truck floats a few minutes as it gradually fills with water then it reaches a point it rapidly floods.

    Wgat are you going to do?
     
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  3. jimbo74

    jimbo74 Elite Exploder

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    get out of the truck
     
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    Jim your college bound!

    I watched 20/20 when they had a little segment about what to do if you get caught in your car underwater. What I would do is roll the windows down as quick as I can before the electrical system went out, that way I could swim out when the truck was totally submerged. There is no way you can open doors underwater because of the force of the water.
     
  5. aldive

    aldive Elite In Memoriam

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    How?
     
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    i forgot to mention, that for me, escaping a submerged truck with windows up and full of water wouldnt be too hard. I always carry a Leatherman tool and have it attached to my belt, or else, it is within reach of me.... Being a student of EMS/Fire field, I know how to get out or into a vehicle in the underwater situation.... Hartman is right about the window thing.... the pressure once under will not allow the doors to open....
     
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    DUH. That's what I'd do too. The water pressure would be too great to open the door, so you'd need to roll down the window (or break it if you have power windows because they might be shorted out). That's a good question though because it's a good idea to have a mental plan of what to do. I think a lot of people might panic and try to get out without realizing that their seatbelt is on. It's hard to think straight when something like that happens so fast.
     
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    Actually, that is only true if the vehicle is partially sunk or it is under and their is still air on the inside. After the vehicle is completely submerged and the inside fills up with water, the doors are relatively easy to open.

    Robb

    BTW: GO Jim!!
     
  9. jimbo74

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    you didnt ask that question in your first post
     
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    you did not give us enough infromation. Am i alone in the car? where was i going? am i wearing sneakers? what color is my underware? am i wearing underware?
     
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    i think aldive has been watching too much of that new show on TLC about situations and the "best" reaction to them.
     
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    haha :D i love good ole sarcasm!
     
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    jason, i dont think so.... this post is about just on caliber to the same type of posts that aldive always creates
     
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    true.. but i just happen to remember that exact one being on that show. :rolleyes:
     
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    agreeing with Hartman... windows down, water in ,swim out... then i curse and scream at the moron who hit me. (hehe)
    --bryan
     
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    that is true about all of Aldives posts. :D
     
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    The reason for the question is that it came up in a lunch meeting today, You see I am the aquatic trainer of our local EMS and we train in this exact situation.

    Yes, I have driven into the water several times....

    Here in Florida, unfortunately we have too many deathd in submrtged autos.

    Keep your solutions ccomming....
     
  18. jasonb

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    i guess the carjacker situation thread was deleted?

    are you going to tell us the way to teach them how to react in this situation?
     
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    I would try to wheel the lake bottom.... :D
     
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    :chug: ROFLMFAO
     
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    :chug: :chug: might as well!
     

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