When Quicksand Traps

When Quicksand Traps

Number 8 Robbie Tesar
In November, 2011, Robbie Tesar was on a 25-day survival expedition in Eastern Utah, near
Dirty Devil River. He chose a sandy area as the crossing point
between the two banks. Within seconds of stepping onto the surface,
the 25-year-old started to sink in the quicksand. He struggled to get out for a few hours, as
others in the expedition tried to help him. Tesar was thigh-deep in mud and the river
water rose close to his waist. The muddy substance that the man was trapped
in contained heavy clay which acted like concrete, keeping him in place. With temperatures close to 40 degrees Fahrenheit,
one of the major concerns was that he’d go into hypothermic shock. Seeing as they couldn’t free him, other
hikers activated an emergency beacon and a local helicopter rescue crew arrived on site. The team used shovels and rafts to dislodge
the man from the quicksand. The difficult task was successfully completed
close to 13 hours after he’d first begun to sink. He was treated for cold exposure and rejoined
the expedition three days later. What Is It? Quicksand is a mixture of water and fine granular
material in the form of clay, silt or sand. Water saturates the granular material, causing
it to become agitated and no longer capable of supporting weight. You can think of regular sand as a house of
cards, in which the spaces between the cards is larger than the cards themselves. The spaces between the grains are filled out
by water and the sand turns from a solid into a viscous substance. The collapse can be generated by weight, vibration
or the upwards migration of water. While it may often appear solid, as it maintains
a gel-like form, a sudden change in pressure can initiate liquefaction. Therefore, a person or an animal walking on
quicksand will begin to sink. Getting out can be very difficult, particularly
if you start struggling and moving erratically. Once the sand has liquefied, the resulting
mixture traps the body in place. The forces required to loosen the mix and
pull out of the quicksand fast are comparable to those necessary for lifting a small car. Number 7 11-year-old Boy in Wales
While visiting Brean beach, in Somerset, England, an unnamed 11-year-old boy got trapped in
quicksand as his parents helplessly watched from a distance. He’d tried to go down to the sea to wash
his hands when he sank into the sand, roughly 600 feet from the shore. The boy’s parents alerted the coast guard
and an emergency crew arrived at the beach. They used a hovercraft to reach him and mud
lances to reduce the suction around him. He was taken out, placed on a stretcher and
flown by hovercraft to an ambulance waiting on the shore. The boy wasn’t hurt and reportedly seemed
unfazed by the incident. According to his rescuers, the situation could’ve
been much worse if the tide had been coming in. Number 6 Firefighters Rescue Woman
Much like the previous case, this incident also took place in Somerset, on a beach in
Weston-Super-Mare. A woman had followed her niece 1000 feet out,
when she became stuck in quicksand, under a pier. She was unable to move as the mud had risen
up to her thighs. A fire brigade arrived on site as dozens of
onlookers followed the woman’s plight from the pier. The rescuers used a hovercraft to get close
and then planks of wood to create a safe pathway to the woman. She was freed after 20 minutes as onlooker’s
applauded the firefighters’ efforts. Where Is It Located? Quicksand can essentially form wherever water
and grainy material are present. There are, however, certain areas where quicksand
is more likely to occur. These include lake shorelines, beaches, river
banks, marshes or anywhere near underground springs. There are two main ways in which sand can
become agitated enough for quicksand to form. One is the upwards flow of underground water,
which opposes gravity and causes granules to become more buoyant. The other is earthquakes. The forceful vibration of the ground can cause
shallow groundwater to liquefy sand and silt deposits. The surface thus loses strength causing building
or other objects in the affected area to sink or fall over. Number 5 Karen Parkinson
Karen Parkinson thought she was going to die as she and her friends got trapped in quicksand
at Morecambe Bay, in northwest England. At one point during their day out at the beach,
Parkinson, her friend, Gary Collier, and his two daughters heard a siren warning them that
the tide was coming in. The group rushed towards the shore when one
of the girls got stuck in quicksand. As Parkinson and the rest tried to help her,
they got stuck as well. The girls were crying as they were sinking
deeper and deeper. Collier and Parkinson knew that they had to
get out before the tide claimed their lives. A bystander called the coastguard and a 12-strong
crew rushed to help the group. The rescuers told them to put out their arms
and legs so that they could distribute their weight. Roughly 5 minutes before the bank flooded,
the rescuers managed to dig them out of the sand. Number 4 Ryan Osmun
Arizona man Ryan Osmun went through 12 hours of horror as he was hiking with his girlfriend,
Jessika McNeill, in Utah’s Zion National Park. At one point during their trip, McNeill tripped
and got stuck in quicksand. Osmun helped his girlfriend free herself,
only to get his right leg trapped inside the mixture of sand and water. As hard as he tried, the man couldn’t dislodge
his limb from the quicksand. He described it as standing in a large puddle
of concrete that instantly became dry. McNeill made the hard decision of leaving
her boyfriend behind in order to find help. Neither of them was sure if they’d see each
other again. Osmun was trapped in cold water and believed
that he’d ultimately lose his leg. It was February and, as he waited, the man
had to endure snowstorms. McNeill had to hike for three hours to find
service on her cellphone and call for help. A helicopter arrived in the area and hovered
above as a rescuer came down on more than 100 feet of cable. The man scrapped the sand away so that could
Osmun could free his leg, after spending close to 12 hours in quicksand. Afterwards, the couple and rescuers had to
spend the night in the park as they were caught in the middle of a winter storm. The couple was treated for hypothermia, while
Osmund also suffered from exposure and extremity injuries. He was, however, expected to make a full recovery. How Will It Kill You? It’s unlikely you’d drown in quicksand
due to the difference in density between the viscous mixture and the human body. Quicksand has a density of about 125 pounds
per cubic foot while the average human is nearly half as dense. You can float on quicksand more easily than
on water. To actually drown in quicksand, with it gradually
invading your airways, you’d have to fall in face first and then be unable to pull your
head out. It’s a gruesome perspective but such occurrences
are rare. The most likely scenario is that one or both
of your legs will become trapped inside. Struggling and agitated movement will only
make you sink faster. However, living things sink to the level that
their weight displaces an equal weight of quicksand, due to buoyancy. What this means is that you’ll only sink
about waist deep. The main problem is that you can become trapped
and unable to move for hours and even days on end. Depending on where you are, this can be fatal
in a number of ways. Predators stalking the area might attack you
or you could simply starve to death. You could also die from exposure to extreme
weather. In cold environments you might go into hypothermic
shock and in extreme heat you could die from dehydration. If you get trapped close to a shoreline, tides
are the number one concern as they might cause you to drown. Number 3 Nicola Raybone
In the summer of 2012, Nicola Raybone was on the Caribbean island of Antigua, to celebrate
her father’s wedding. The 33-year-old mother of two had drinks with
some friends at the Jolly Beach Resort and then went on the beach to watch the sunset. The rest of the wedding party went to dinner
and Raybone was to join them later. As she walked towards the sea, near the 5-star
resort, the woman became trapped in the sinking sands. It soon got dark and the waves started coming
in. She’d left her phone in the bar area, so
she couldn’t call for help. She started shouting, but no one could see
her on the beach which had become pitch-black. Despite desperate search efforts from her
friends, family and the hotel’s staff, the woman wasn’t found. The tide that night was reportedly rough and
high. Raybone’s lifeless body was discovered on
the shoreline the next day. Todays video requested by King_zoozoo_90. If you have any other topics you’d like to
learn about, subscribe & let us know in the comments section below. How to Survive? There are few steps to take towards avoiding
quicksand all together. Be on the lookout for sand that has ripples
in the texture. You should be able to see water seeping up
from below. Carry a walking stick and test the surface
prior to stepping on it. It you do find yourself trapped inside, don’t
panic. Surviving quicksand is a matter of remaining
calm and understanding that it’s very unlikely it will swallow you whole. Take deep breaths, to increase your buoyancy,
and avoid frantic movement. Your first instinct will most likely be to
pull out by sheer force but you should try to resist it. The mixture you’re in is like fast-drying
wet concrete. You’re basically working against a vacuum
left behind by movement so it’s very important not to panic and flail your limbs. Movement should be slow and with a clear purpose
so that you reduce viscosity and avoid sinking further. Drop your backpack and whatever you’re carrying. It might sound counter-intuitive but the best
thing you can do is to lie on your back and spread your weight. This allows your legs to float back to the
surface. If you can find an anchoring point in the
environment, grab on and slowly drag yourself towards it. If you can’t find an anchor, move your arms
in a swimming motion to propel yourself backwards. Make sure to keep your body spread out since
direct pressure may cause you to sink back in. The objective is to inch yourself towards
solid ground, then roll on to it. It may require some time and effort before
you’re free and battling quicksand can be exhausting. Take breaks as often as you need to and keep
your composure. Today’s featured fan shout out is Instagram
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pic rocking the latest merch from theywillkillyou.com and send it in to us on Instagram today! Number 2 Ross Parker
24-year-old Ross Parker lost his life as he heroically attempted to rescue his mother
from quicksand. The two of them had been walking alongside
a beach in Dorset, England. They’d tried to cross a small channel in
an area where “low tide” signs were put up. Parker’s mother, Sam, got stuck in quicksand
after a wave had hit the back of her legs. Parker then held her down and tried to keep
her from getting washed out to sea, as waves came crashing down on them. He tried so hard to keep her from being taken
by the tide that he left bruises on her arms. Sam would later recall telling her son that
she believed she was going to die. Parker told her that wouldn’t happen and
started shouting for help. Then, a wave struck them, throwing Sam towards
the beach and taking her son out to sea. A large rescue operation was mounted, involving
the coastguards and helicopters, but they were unable to rescue him. Number 1 Christine Smith
Christine Smith would have likely become another quicksand victim if not for her loyal German
pointer, Matilda. Smith had taken her pet for a walk on the
beach, when she stepped in quicksand and started to sink. She described how a mixture of sand and water
had gotten in her boots, after which it became completely solid. Smith started to panic. As soon as she tried to take one leg out,
the other sank further in. Then, Matilda came to her and, according to
Smith, sensed she was in trouble. The dog remained completely still next to
her owner, providing a vital anchor for the woman to pull herself out. She grabbed on to Matilda’s back and slowly
inched herself out. Smith said that the dog “stood like a rock”
beside her. Once she managed to free herself, the woman
crawled on her knees to solid ground. Thanks for watching! Alongside which celebrity would you choose
to get stuck in quicksand? Let us know in the comments section below!

100 thoughts on “When Quicksand Traps

  1. Plsss they will kill you heres ideas when school lock downs happen when salt water crocodile attack when fire fighting goes wrong or when soccer goes wrong or when black mamba attacks

  2. WOW!!! Who’s that could looking guy with that “They Will Kill You” shirt? BTW, I would of never thought of this subject…Good video…

  3. Please make a video about today's so-called feminists who frame absolutely innocent & sweet men/boys under fake cases of harassment, stalking, dowry or stalking!!! They randomly, falsely accuse men & play victim cards just & only for their personal profit or to take revenge from them!!! Please expose them!!! Please!!!

  4. I was stationed in utah and wed go to Nevada to gamble I heard of cars getting stuck in the salt flats when it would rain some were just left there

  5. I’d love to be in quicksand with RWBY’s Ruby Rose….

    Mainly because I love ruby and have a strange attraction to quicksand

  6. This channel would be even cooler if they actually showed " real footage " of these events & not just talking with pictures 😑

  7. Do an episode about incidents around dams. The things seriously give me the creeping willies. Unlike quicksand. Plenty of that in Florida and it's no big deal. Plenty of people have drowned in dams all around Florida though.

  8. If i ever get trapped in quick sand i hope i have a back pack full of back woods and pot, some waters and a flask of tea. The person im with can happily go and politely fuck off to get me help. haha

  9. This guys voice is horrible. It makes me sick to hear it. I'll never watch this channel again. I don't see how he's got 10 subs.

  10. Of course the young boy was unfazed, he was 11. He's was probably like "Kool! I almost got eaten!". Later he became the world's most extreme geologist, Rock-Hound from Armageddon.

  11. Shit, of all the places to get stuck in quicksand, England was not anywhere near the top of what I was thinking!

    Then again, I was on the East coast of America when I got stuck in quicksand. Took several classmates and adults to pull me out.


  13. I'm sinking into another "they will kill you" 'athon and I don't think my jalopy of a bumbling bulldog would sit still so I'd be stuck.

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