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LIVING ABOARD LIFE CRAFT
46. GENERAL. Once you are safely aboard a life craft,
whether a ship's lifeboat or float, your chances of being
rescued are increased considerably. Remember that
rescue parties start out immediately the ship's sinking
is made known. Until rescued, make the most of living
with limited physical comforts and in crowded quarters.
Survival depends on everyone carrying out routine tasks
cheerfully and promptly; sharing hardships equally and
a. Command. Command aboard lifeboat is assigned
and takes precedence over rank. If boat commander
becomes a casualty or in the absence of an assigned com-
mander, the next senior officer or senior noncommis-
sioned officer aboard then assumes command.
b. Responsibilities of command. The responsibilities
of a boat commander are very great. He should ap-
point at least two others as his assistants. Almost every-
thing depends on the bearing and conduct of the men
in charge. They must be able to assume responsibility,
enforce strict discipline, assign jobs, deal with emer-
gencies, and take charge of rations, navigation, and boat
work. Some of the specific duties of this command
(1) Place a man in charge of all arms and ammuni-
tion as a precaution against insanity or mutiny,
(2) Place a man in charge of all water and provisions
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