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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 HOW TO SURVIVE SPORTS EMERGENCIES: DART INJURY 1 If the dart is in the head, neck, chest, or back, leave it in place. Go to the hospital, or call for an ambulance. 2 Remove the dart. If the dart is embedded in an arm or leg, remove it using a fast, pulling motion. 3 Examine the wound. If blood is spurting from the wound, apply a clean cloth to the injury site. 4 Apply pressure. Elevate the affected area above the level of the heart. Hold the cloth firmly in place for five minutes.
THURSDAY, MARCH 7 HOW TO AVOID A PIRATE ATTACK 1 Look busy. Instruct crew members to move constantly around the ship, signaling to potential attackers that the crew is alert and prepared. 2 Strengthen night watches. Increase the numbers of crew members on guard, especially at the stern between the hours of 0100 and 0600. 3 Make your vessel an unappealing quarry. Remove valuable items from the deck and use overside and deck lights to illuminate the water. 4 Do not engage locals who approach your boat in a small craft.
Jagged reefs and steep cliffs made it impossible to come ashore, and his hope was fading fast. He soon heard the motor of an approaching fishing boat from the island, coming to rescue him. Callahan went on to pen Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea, which gave a firsthand account of his survival alone in the ocean. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30 HOW TO HOT-WIRE A CAR 1 Open the hood. 2 Locate the coil wire. It is a red wire, located at the rear of the engine on most V-8s. Run a wire from the positive side of the battery to the positive side of the coil, or the red wire that goes to the coil.