Journal Survival Essay

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Day OneAs the plane crashed down into the ocean, I felt myself being carried under by the strong currents of the water. My mind went blank and I thought I was going to die now. The month is January so the water is extremely frigid as it sent shocks through every nerve of my body. The pain was intense but I was not sure how many of us that was alive or the fact of even if I was alive. I was scared. I called out for help as I reached the surface of the water. There was silence. I screamed aloud as the warm breath escaped my body. I was trembling but knew I must press on suddenly I saw three bodies they were the other passengers that were aboard with me two friends and a pilot. I swam as fast as I could over to them and realized that one was still alive. We cried and hugged each other as reality set in, my friend and pilot were dead. We were pretty far from land so we knew we had to swim fast to get everything that we could ashore. Therefore, we decided to hoist the bodies up on the debris for later retrieval. We had to swim back out for them but right now, our main concern was to get as many belongings as we could back to land. We needed to come up with survival strategies until we were rescued. Then an awful frightening thought came to mind... what if we were never saved? The two of us grabbed as much as we could and swam with it to shore. Then we needed to plunge back into the waters to go and retrieve our friends. When we brought them back, we sat across from each other to mourn their loss. It is my entire fault Lindsey's dead. She did not even want to come on this trip. Guilt started to set in because I knew that if I had not pushed her to come she would still be alive right now. Alicia coaxed me "Alanna, it's not your fault. She chose to come on her own. No one knew what was going to happen. What is done is done. We must stay alive now for Lindsey. We must be strong." I knew she was right. That night I laid beside Lindsey's body and cried myself to sleep.Day TwoI woke up this morning feeling a little better. Perhaps I realized what Alicia said was true. I did not have much time to dwell on it seeing how I slept outside with no shelter and I was starving. We had a few meal replacement bars and water but there was not much we brought seeing how much was burned. We decided the first thing we will do is eat an energy bar and drink some water to re - fuel ourselves and get ready for the days adventures. We saw some twigs, branches and broken pieces of bark near by. So using an Army Swiss knife we began to shave down some wood and began building our new home. We used the rope to tie the branches and bark together and used a big plastic sheet over top to prevent precipitation from entering our new home. Five hours and three fights later our shelter was done. Actually, the finished product was anything but a shelter but it was something to crawl into stays warm. Alicia went searching through Lindsey's backpack when she realized that she had a blow up...

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