- Reaction score
- San Francisco, California
- # of dives
- 200 - 499
Something that has not been mentioned (I apologize if I have just missed it) is the effect that waking up from sleep has on awareness of surroundings and personal response time. This happens at 3 o’clock in the morning after a day or 2 of diving. People are exhausted and many are probably sleeping soundly. While I have never been in a boat fire, I have been in an apartment fire. My roommates and I were awakened at 5 am by people outside yelling, trying to wake everyone up. Fortunately for us the fire was moving slowly, because it took us a few minutes to fully clear our heads from sleep so that we could understand what was going on and to assess the situation. While we all made it out safely, I’m still amazed how long it took to fully wake up and completely understand what was happening. It’s doubful that anyone on board woke up with complete realization of what was happening.
Don't forget that some people may have also been wearing earplugs, as is common in bunk situations, but also on liveaboards due to engine/generator noises and just general noises. That would affect how long it would take someone to awaken, if they awoke at all, and the amount of time to come to and become aware of what's happening.