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bird you can. Use the feathers to make fishing jigs or
stuff them under your clothing for warmth.
(4) Seaweed. Certain kinds of seaweed may be eaten
but not unless you have plenty of water. Chew it well.
Seaweed often holds small fish which can be eaten. Lift
it out of water slowly and shake it inside of boat. Dis-
card jelly fish, which are poisonous, and crabs, which
are too salty.
c. Issue. Control of issue starts immediately and
continues until survivors are rescued.
(1) Ration calculations. To calculate rations, first
estimate the number of days before rescue is expected.
By dividing this number into the amount of each item
of food, the daily ration of each is found. In a boat
loaded to capacity there are 56 ounces of food, or about
8,000 calories, for each man. Provisions weigh as fol-
1 biscuit equals Y ounce; total 56 biscuits.
19 malted-milk tablets equal 1 ounce; total 226
tablets. (Suck tablets slowly; do not chew
c4 can of pemmican equals 1 ounce; total 4 cans.
(Pemmican is concentrated meat; eat pem-
mican and biscuits together.)
Example: If rescue is expected within 10 days, the
ration for 1 day will be:
22 malted-milk tablets.
2/5 of a can of pemmican.
This equals about 5.6 ounces per day, giving a diet of
about 800 calories, sufficient to sustain life.
(2) Eating rations. Eat slowly and chew thoroughly.
Emergency rations should be taken several times a day
in small portions.
50. FISHING. a. Practically all freshly caught sea fish
are palatable and wholesome, cooked or raw. In warm
regions fish should be bled and gutted immediately after
catching. Fish nod eaten immediately should be cut in
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