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    HOW TO ESCAPE FROM QUICKSAND

    When walking in quicksand country, carry
    a stout pole—it will help you get out should
    you need to.

    1. As soon as you start to sink, lay the pole on the
    surface of the quicksand.

    2. Flop onto your back on top of the pole.

    3.
    After a minute or two, equilibrium in the quicksand
    will be achieved, and you will no longer sink.

    4. Work the pole to a new position: under your hips
    and at right angles to your spine.

    5. The pole will keep your hips from sinking, as you
    (slowly) pull out first one leg and then the other.

    6. Take the shortest route to firmer ground,
    moving slowly.


    How TO AVOID SINKING

    Quicksand is just ordinary sand mixed with upwelling
    water
    , which makes it behave like a liquid. However,
    quicksand—unlike water—does not easily let go. If
    you try to pull a limb out of quicksand, you have
    to work against the vacuum left behind. Here are a
    few tips:

    • The viscosity of quicksand increases with
    shearing—move slowly so the viscosity is as low
    as possible.

    • Floating on quicksand is relatively easy and is
    the best way to avoid its clutches. You are more
    buoyant in quicksand than you are in water.
    Humans are less dense than freshwater, and
    saltwater is slightly more dense. Floating is easier
    in saltwater than freshwater and much easier in
    quicksand. Spread your arms and legs far apart
    and try to float on your back.


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    Kinda spammy there, Bud.....

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    Oh Thanks! didn't know that
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    Good info...but way too many people just come here to promote their wares....and don't really participate.....
    You did it right...
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    The idea with quicksand is to break that suction. You might do better sliding that pole down along your leg and moving it back and forth to let the air down there (or water if you are stuck in lake muck.)
    Probably works better with mud but I've only ever tried it not much more than knee deep.

    Very timely. We just had someone unfortunate enough to die of hypothermia here, stuck in mud.
    https://www.boston.com/news/local-ne...ies-pulled-mud
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    Last summer on the Yukon, my sister and I found that river silt often acted like quicksand. We got lose but it did require more then a few expletives and even couple of girl screams hahaha.
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    DW got stuck in the surf sand/gravel in Puerto Vallarta....thought she was just fooling around, was giving her a bad time.......had to lay down and roll to get out.
    Scratched up her legs....required a trip to a drug store....so wasn't funny, I guess.
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    Never experienced quicksand. Always thought it wouldn't be like on t.v. - that you couldn't just suddenly poof be chest deep unless on purpose. Kinda figured you'd have plenty of notice unless just really not paying attention. But I guess included in what we're talking about here is that you can be walking somewhere that seems like it's like just some mud or gravely patch that your foot gets stuck in only several inches, but then turns out unexpectedly to potentially take you all the way down if you let it?
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    I got caught in quick sand in Fort Meade around 1976. I started sinking and grabbed this tiny tree branch and held it while my brother ran to the nearest farm. The farmer told him to tell me I wasn't going to sink any further. I leaned forward and gradually pulled my legs out. Then I went to wash my legs and feet in the water near by and sliced the tip of my toe off on an old Mountain Dew bottle.

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    So the tip of your toe is in the water somewhere in Florida? Oh, well, yuck. On the list and that's why we filter water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batch View Post
    I got caught in quick sand in Fort Meade around 1976. I started sinking and grabbed this tiny tree branch and held it while my brother ran to the nearest farm. The farmer told him to tell me I wasn't going to sink any further. I leaned forward and gradually pulled my legs out. Then I went to wash my legs and feet in the water near by and sliced the tip of my toe off on an old Mountain Dew bottle.
    I hear ya...it's always sumpin......
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