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THE LIFEBOAT GAME
You have received an emergency call on your ham radio from a ship off the coast of Alaska. It seems that the ship experienced an engine explosion of unknown origin which has killed the captain and most of the crew. Naturally, you contact the Coast Guard immediately, but you keep contact with the ship's passengers to monitor their progress. Their luck, unfortunately, isn't getting any better. The ship is sinking, and there is virtually no chance that the Coast Guard will reach them before it vanishes under the waves. Trying to swim or tread water is out of the question because of the freezing water. A small lifeboat has been located which, at best, can hold two people. Land is in sight, but it will take several hours of rowing on the rough waters to reach it. The passengers have asked you, as an impartial third party, to decide who should use the lifeboat.
The survivors are as follows:
1) "Jerry" Takeyama, 37, Oriental, Japanese citizenship. Jerry works in the marketing division of a Japanese computer company, and was in Alaska on vacation. He has a wife and three children back home in Kyoto.
2) Piotr Primakov, 22, Caucasian, Russian citizenship with a U.S. work visa. Piotr is a recent Russian emigre and the only surviving crew member. He is the youngest and most physically fit of the survivors. He has no spouse or offspring.
3) Carolyn Miller, 41, Caucasian, U.S. citizenship. Dr. Miller is a university physicist who has been working at a remote research station in the Arctic circle studying radiation emitted by the Aurora Borealis. Several nights ago at dinner, she announced that her research has accidentally led to what she believes will be the first working Unified Field Theory. She has had a stable 10-year partnership with another woman. She has no children.
4) Thomas Johnson, 57, African-American, U.S. citizenship. Dr. Johnson is an oncologist who works in Tennessee doing research on children's cancer, most recently at St. Jude's in Memphis. He has been married for two years to...
5) Helen Johnson, 23, Caucasian, U.S. citizenship. Helen has worked as a medical secretary, but retired after her marriage and is now four months' pregnant with the Johnsons' first child.
6) Lance Cooper, 39, Caucasian, U.S. citizenship. Lance is a junior congressman representing Alaska in Washington. While other Congressmen are on junkets to the Caribbean, Lance has been spending time with the Inuits (Eskimos), which he has made his special concern as a Representative. He has a wife and two children back at home in Georgetown.