Seeking Refuge on Ice Floes

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Those blokes were lucky. In that day and age, ships that sank simply went down as a "disappearance" for want of anything else to explain it if the incident wasn't seen by another vessel and boats never had a chance to be launched. I take it they were operating in the fisheries in use at the time. The traffic in ships and fishermen would have improved their chances of being seen.
 
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Take your pick. Unless a rescue vessel arrives...which only happens by the wildest stroke of good luck...the most probable is that they freeze, die of thirst (You can't drink salt water!)...or drown when the ice floe melts to the point where it won't support anybody's weight.
 
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Well, no...it isn't impossible. The ice itself is fresh water and can provide a water supply. That's the big thing right there. You would be surprised how long you can go without food, but you've got to have water. (In that light, you can strike the "die of thirst" part I posted above.)