A former Navy SEAL has revealed how to escape drowning if your hands are tied.
Clint Emerson, who served in the U.S. navy for 20 years, said the best chance of survival was controlled breathing as lungs full of air made the body float better. He recommends taking deep inhaling breaths and exhaling quickly.
Emerson also advises people not to panic. ‘Panicking, which can lead to hyperventilation, is the number-one enemy to survival,’ he said.
One of the methods Emerson recommends is the ‘sinking and bouncing approach. In shallow waters, use a sinking and bouncing approach to travel toward shore, ricocheting off the seabed or lake floor up to the surface for an inhale,’ he wrote.
‘When facing down, whether floating in place or using a backward kicking motion toto shore, the operative should arch his back in order to raise his head above water. In rough seas, this may not give him enough clearance to get his head out of the water. Instead, a full body rotation will allow him to take a deep breath and then continue travelling forward.’
Emerson unveils his techniques of survival in his book, 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation.