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D. Finn, the provincial coroner, very few people drowned that night. Most died from hypothermia. A few lucky ones died almost immediately from what is now known as CSR – ‘cold shock response’. Charles Lightoller, the most senior officer to survive the sinking, described the experience of entering the water as ‘like being stabbed by 1,000 knives’. He was in the sea for only a short time but it is clear he came close to dying from CSR. Two world wars have increased our understanding of the effects of cold water on the human body as scientists searched for ways to save the lives of sailors and airmen who found themselves ‘in the drink’.
Jones handed him a piece of paper with the last known position of the wreck, which Jack Phillips, Titanic’s wireless operator, had radioed shortly before the ship went down. 14 W but Larnder would have to make careful calculations based on wind and sea currents to determine where the bodies were likely to be by Sunday, the soonest the Mackay-Bennett was likely to reach the scene. The White Star Line were paying the Commercial Cable Company $550 a day to charter their ship and would pay the crew, including Larnder, double wages after they completed their unpleasant mission.
Charles Pellegrino, writing about the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in Ghosts of Vesuvius. ‘No one was a greater favourite at school than Jock. Indeed everyone who knew the happy-faced lad will have felt a catch in their breath and a lump in their throat when they read that poor Jock had, ‘like the Wanderer’, gone through the darkness to his rest. ’ From ‘The Last Hymn’ – an anonymous appreciation of Jock Law Hume published in the Dumfries & Galloway Standard, 24 April 1912.
And the Band Played On . . .: The Enthralling Account of What Happened After the Titanic Sank by Christopher Ward