I watched the Discovery Channel last night and they had a show about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. In a nutshell, they were on a secret mission to deliver parts for the bomb to be dropped on Hiroshima, they were hit by two torpedoes, and the ship sunk in shark-infested waters about 12 minutes later.
When they didn’t show up in port no one thought anything of it, so these poor boys (average age, 19) floundered in the Pacific Ocean for four days and five nights, freezing at night and baking during the day, no food, no water, before a passing plane spotted them. Of course, some of them, in desperation, drank seawater and died.
According to **Dex’**s column, drinking seawater is a definite no-no. I was wondering if this means it’s never a good idea, or if you’re dehyrdrated? If the boys had sipped a bit of seawater now and then before they got dehydrated, could their bodies have handled it better?
1196 sailors. Only 317 survived.