posted on Apr, 7 2007 @ 11:22 AM
It depends on a LOT of factors. If he was conscious when he hit the water, if he didn't drown under his chute (which has happened quite a few
times), if he was able to get his ELT/radio operational...
As for how long he can last, it depends on if he got into the raft, and how cold the water is. In the raft, he can last several days on the supplies
he has. He'll be in AWFUL shape when they find him, but I've heard of pilots going days in the raft before being found. They were usually severely
The big thing they always tell pilots is to get together. You get near the other pilot and you stay together in your rafts, so that when they find
one, they find both. If they didn't do that in this case, I'm assuming that either they were separated during the ejection and didn't see each
other, or one was knocked unconscious.