Getting stuck in quicksand can cause extreme panic. It has a reputation from television and film as being a moment of extreme danger. Understandably, this means we are likely to flap and panic if it happens to us.
As accidents on holiday go, getting stuck in quicksand is most definitely one to avoid. However, if it does happen to you, there are some things you can do to minimise the risk.
I am stuck in quicksand, what can I do?
The first thing to do after getting stuck in quicksand is simple – stay calm. Of course, this is far easier said than done. However, staying calm will help in a number of ways.
- Staying calm will ensure your breathing stays at a normal level. This is vital for conserving energy.
- A panicked mind will often make rushed, ill-informed and ultimately wrong decisions. It also means you are more likely to make sudden movements, which will only make an already dangerous situation worse.
The next thing you need to do if you find yourself stuck in quicksand is to try and attract attention. Ideally, you won’t be alone and will be able to alert someone to your predicament quickly and easily.
If not, then you can try shouting for help. However, as mentioned above, it’s also important to conserve energy, so don’t scream yourself hoarse to the point of exhaustion.
If help is not forthcoming, then it’s time to move yourself. You should move constantly, but slowly, towards the edge of the quicksand. Moving quickly will only ensure you are met with stubborn resistance and will sink quicker. Moving slowly and calmly gives you the best chance by far of reaching safety.
The sand will slowly part. It will feel difficult, like wading through extremely thick treacle, but you’ll get there.
How to make a holiday injury compensation claim
If you end up getting stuck in quicksand because of a tour guide’s negligence, and you are injured as a result, you may be owed holiday injury compensation. A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can set you on your way to the compensation you deserve. Call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles. You can also take our 30-second online test to determine the weight of your claims eligibility. All information given on the internet and over the phone to our advisors is kept 100% confidential. All claims work on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Date Published: March 17, 2017
Author: Accident Advice