How to Survive Falling Into Quicksand

Picture this, you’re having a nice, relaxing walk on a private beach without a care in the world. All of a sudden, your foot drops into a deep and mucky puddle. You struggle to pull your leg out, but it just won’t budge. Before you know it, you’re sinking rapidly, and half of your body is submerged in cold, wet quicksand. The more you struggle, the more you sink. Talk about a terrible way to end a vacation.

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47 thoughts on “How to Survive Falling Into Quicksand”

  1. When I was 5 years old, I was at the beach with my family. I accidentally stepped into some quicksand and started sinking in. Then this old lady came up to me and said, "I got you." Then she lifted me out. I wish I could thank this old lady for saving my life, but she's probably dead now.

  2. Quicksand is dangerous so I know how to survive it number one is stop moving 2. Lighten the load 3. Grab something 4. Lean back and wiggle your feet and swim 5. Call help 6.breathe carefully 5:13

  3. Thanks for the video! I was stuck in the quicksand and immediately was watching your videos, while inside quicksand, I did yoga positions and even hired a yoga professional to teach me, after 5 months of yoga learning, I held my breath and then called 911, they saved me!!

  4. Someone whooping, now 1100 times since they squats they mommy day. God, dot dot. Oh, God, someone whooping on the fans and I'm the closet. Have you done? I put it on my lap in bed with them, got woke out, go go, woop, woop, woop, woop, woop, woop, woop, woop, woop, woop, woop, I'm done whooping. You I've been working here.

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