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Essentials of sea survival / Frank Golden and Michael Tipton.

By: Golden, Frank, 1936-.
Contributor(s): Tipton, Michael, 1959-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, c2002Description: xiii, 305 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0736002154.Subject(s): Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc. -- Handbooks, manuals, etcDDC classification: 613.69
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Each year, 140,000 water-related deaths occur worldwide. These deaths are rarely true "accidents," because most maritime incidents are caused by lack of preparedness. If you frequently participate in aquatic activities, have you stopped to consider the nature of the threat confronting you? What steps can you take to improve your chances of surviving in the water or on a survival craft? Is your knowledge of the basic principles sufficient to enable you to adapt, improvise, and survive?

Reading Essentials of Sea Survival prepares you to avoid disaster, even in the worst-case scenario. The book is a compelling, informative, and comprehensive guide to open-water survival. Drawing on historical anecdotes as well as published scientific research, it examines the nature of the many threats confronting the survivor at sea and outlines, in lay terms, the methods you can use to prevent or minimize the dangers.

Authors Frank Golden and Michael Tipton are internationally recognized experts in cold-water survival. In Essentials of Sea Survival they explain the scientific reasoning behind much of the conventional teaching on open-water survival, dispel many misconceptions about how and why people die at sea, and provide up-to-date information on sustained survival in cold water. The lessons they teach are drawn from classic maritime disasters and personal accounts of near-miraculous survival, as well as carefully controlled laboratory experiments.

The first half of the book deals predominantly with the physiological and behavioral responses to cold, immersion, and drowning. The second half addresses techniques for survival and rescue, either in the water or in a lifeboat. You'll find

- detailed explanations of hypothermia, cold shock, drowning, and near drowning;
- well-researched information on the physiological responses to short- and long-term immersion and exposure;
- a commonsense approach to life jacket, flotation device, and survival gear selection; and
- step-by-step explanations of how to safely abandon ship, board a life craft, dispense water and rations, divide duties, conserve energy and strength, and proceed with a successful rescue.

Essentials of Sea Survival is a fascinating blend of historical anecdote, scientific fact, and practical application. Historical examples put the scientific content into real-life context, making it understandable and memorable. You'll also appreciate the easily accessible chapter summaries and recommendations, helpful glossary of terms, and list of references for those who want even more information on the subject.

No other book offers the scope and depth you'll find in Essentials of Sea Survival . Scientists and academic audiences will find the technical research of interest, and recreational water sport participants will enjoy the real-life scenarios as well as the practical advice on how to endure the elements at sea. Essentials of Sea Survival gives you a comprehensive and practical understanding of the dangers you face so that you can construct an informed survival strategy and maximize your chance of open-water survival should disaster strike.

Bibliography: p. 287-294. - Includes index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. ix)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xi)
  • Credits (p. xiii)
  • Chapter 1 A Catalog of Disaster (p. 1)
  • Ship Survival Sagas (p. 3)
  • Yachting Survival Sagas (p. 8)
  • Anatomy of an Accident (p. 11)
  • Lessons Learned (p. 13)
  • Chapter Summary and Recommendations (p. 14)
  • Chapter 2 Basic Physiology of Survival (p. 17)
  • Cell Survival (p. 18)
  • Survival Balance (p. 19)
  • Physiological Regulation (Thermoregulation) (p. 28)
  • Chapter Summary and Recommendations (p. 38)
  • Chapter 3 Behavioral Thermoregulation (p. 39)
  • Principles of Clothing in Relation to Temperature Regulation and Survival (p. 41)
  • Chapter Summary and Recommendations (p. 50)
  • Chapter 4 Initial and Short-Term Immersion (p. 51)
  • Immersion in Thermoneutral Water (p. 52)
  • Immersion in Cold Water (p. 54)
  • Conclusions (p. 75)
  • Chapter Summary and Recommendations (p. 76)
  • Chapter 5 Drowning and Near Drowning (p. 79)
  • Lungs (p. 81)
  • Preliminary Stages of Drowning (p. 83)
  • Conclusions (p. 92)
  • Chapter Summary and Recommendations (p. 93)
  • Chapter 6 Hypothermia (p. 95)
  • Historical (p. 97)
  • Accidental Hypothermia (p. 100)
  • Life Jackets and Flotation Devices (p. 108)
  • Protection Against Hypothermia (p. 114)
  • Conclusions (p. 115)
  • Chapter Summary and Recommendations (p. 116)
  • Chapter 7 Survival Time in Cold Water (p. 119)
  • Estimations of Survival Time (p. 120)
  • Predicting Survival and Search and Rescue Times (p. 137)
  • Chapter Summary and Recommendations (p. 139)
  • Chapter 8 Necessities for Sustained Survival: Water and Food (p. 141)
  • Water (p. 141)
  • Food (p. 160)
  • Chapter Summary and Recommendations (p. 174)
  • Chapter 9 Castaways: Survival in an Open Boat or Life Craft (p. 177)
  • Historical Anecdotes (p. 179)
  • Lessons Learned From History (p. 189)
  • Survival Strategy (p. 191)
  • Safety Brief (p. 194)
  • Preparation for Abandoning (p. 194)
  • Abandoning (p. 197)
  • Recovery of Fellow Survivors (p. 197)
  • After Abandoning (p. 198)
  • Death (p. 206)
  • Open Boats (p. 207)
  • Tempsc (p. 207)
  • Rescue (p. 207)
  • Putting It All Together (p. 208)
  • Chapter Summary and Recommendations (p. 209)
  • Appendix 9.1 Life Raft Equipment (p. 210)
  • Appendix 9.2 Suggested Grab Bag Contents (p. 211)
  • Chapter 10 Illnesses, Injuries, and Psychological Trauma (p. 215)
  • Seasickness (p. 216)
  • Osmotic Diarrhea (p. 219)
  • Oil Contamination (p. 220)
  • Skin Ulcers (p. 221)
  • Cold Injuries (p. 221)
  • Heat Illnesses (p. 230)
  • Psychological Considerations (p. 235)
  • Chapter Summary and Recommendations (p. 241)
  • Chapter 11 Search and Rescue and Treatment of Casualties (p. 243)
  • Rescue Collapse and Death (p. 245)
  • Possible Mechanisms Involved in Circum-Rescue Collapse (p. 251)
  • Treatment of the Rescued (p. 266)
  • Chapter Summary and Recommendations (p. 277)
  • Appendix Conversion Factors (p. 280)
  • Glossary (p. 281)
  • Bibliography (p. 287)
  • Index (p. 295)
  • About the Authors (p. 304)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Dr. Frank Golden spent 30 years as a medical officer in the British Royal Navy, retiring in 1993 with the rank of Rear Admiral. During his naval career he directed the Navy's survival medical research department and was the consultant advisor to the Royal Navy in applied physiology. He also advised other government departments and interested bodies, including the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), the branch of the United Nations responsible for internationally agreed maritime legislation and regulation, on matters relating to the medical aspects of survival. He gained firsthand experience by conducting both laboratory and open-water evaluation tests. These included spending a week adrift in a life raft on the open sea, living only on survival rations.

Golden received his MD in 1960 from the National University of Ireland in Cork and his PhD in 1979 from the University of Leeds, where he studied the physiological changes in immersion hypothermia with special reference to factors that may be responsible for death in the early rewarming phase. He has received numerous awards, including the Order of the British Empire, presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, for his services to survival at sea; a Gilbert Blane Medal from the Royal College of Surgeons for his research in post immersion death; an honorary fellowship at the Nautical Institute in London; and a Stewart Memorial Prize from the Royal Aeronautical Society for rescue of immersion victims.

Golden is currently a consultant advisor in human and applied physiology at the University of Portsmouth. He is also chairman of the Medical & Survival Committee of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. He was a member of both the Royal Navy Lifesaving Committee and the Royal Navy Personal Research (Survival at Sea) Committee, and he is a freelance advisor to a number of organizations on matters pertaining to survival at sea. In his free time Dr. Golden enjoys playing golf, sailing, and fishing. He lives in Gosport, England, with his wife, Jenny.

Professor Michael Tipton has spent more than 17 years researching and advising in survival at sea and thermoregulation in heat and cold environments; and he has published more than 150 scientific papers, reports, and book chapters in these areas. In addition to his various university positions, Professor Tipton has been based at the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) since 1983 and has been consultant head of the INM's environmental medicine unit since 1996. He is currently a professor of human and applied physiology at the University of Portsmouth.

In 1986 Tipton received his PhD, with a focus on human adaptiation to cold, from the University of London. From 1995 to 2001 he was a member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council. In 1998 he received the U.S. Aerospace Medical Association's Joseph L. Haley Award for the best published paper in rotary wing aviation. Like Golden, Tipton has interviewed shipwreck survivors and conducted experiments to identify the precise physiological mechanisms that cause the adverse reactions sea survivors encounter, then used this information to formulate solutions. He has researched and developed new survival equipment, such as helicopter passenger underwater escape aids.

Tipton is a member of several national and international committees and edits the international scientific journals Ergonomics and International Journal of Biometeorology. He provides advice to a range of universities; government departments; industries; and medical, search and rescue, and media organizations. Professor Tipton spends his leisure time playing rugby, swimming, and practicing photography. He and his wife, Carole, live in Gosport, England.

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