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b. It may be dangerous to drop off to sleep in a Carley
float because risk of drowning is thereby increased. Stay
awake as long as possible in extremely cold weather.
52. CONSERVATION OF STRENGTH. a. Every mem-
ber of the lifeboat's company possesses a store of energy
which, if used, is not likely to be replaced by the rations
provided in the boat. Do not waste this strength by
useless exertion or by the development of a bad frame
b. Some suggestions for the conservation of strength
(1) Do not exhaust yourself by getting excited.
(2) Do not sing or shout.
(3) Take mild exercise such as a short turn at the
oars to prevent body from kinking up.
(4) In hot weather, work on the boat should be done
before the sun is up.
(5) It is never justifiable to attempt to make progress
by continuous pulling at the oars. Periods of 15 minutes
at the oars with 1 hour rest will permit steady progress
for long periods with minimum exhaustion.
53. CARE OF SICK AND WOUNDED. a. Special care
should be given to the sick and wounded. Lash weak
or badly injured men to the boat to prevent their roll-
ing about in the boat. If a flat surface is needed for
wounded men, several oars can be laid side by side in
the boat or across the gunwales. Life preservers make
a satisfactory bed. Post a man to prevent the sick from
attempting to go over the side; they sometimes imagine
they are back home or in the ship. Humor them at all
b. In case of death, the victim's clothing and equip-
ment should be removed before burying the body at sea.
54. PROTECTION AGAINST WEATHER. a. Protection
against cold winds, rain, and spray. If canvas hood and
side spray curtains are available, put them up as soon as
possible. (See pars. 22f and 69b.) In freezing weather a
blanket dipped in water and allowed to freeze will pro-
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