After watching it for a few minutes, you're left thinking "I wouldn't be alive."
In many cases the people are food. It could be coyotes. It could be sharks. It could be buzzards. It could be each other. Then there is the disease and infections ravaging their bodies. Injuries receiving no treatment getting worse and worse. Yeah this is a nice little show. But you have to watch. You can't turn it off. They are interviewing the survivors. So you know how it ends. But you cannot believe somebody survived this.
The worse ones are the ocean ones for me. Which is ironic because I have lived my entire life not more than 100 miles away from the ocean. Most of my life I've lived within a fifteen minute drive from the Atlantic. But maybe that is why I know what a beast the ocean is. I've lived through hurricanes. I've been sea sick. I've seen sharks. I've heard stories of people ripped out to sea by undertow. The ocean is a scary place. To be adrift in it with no water or food or shelter would be the ultimate nightmare.
I've seen two episodes of the show where this is what happened. In one, two teenage boys in a small homemade raft/boat got sucked out in a rip current.
In another episode a yacht of five was caught in a huge storm off North Carolina. It capsized and they lost all supplies. All five of them were stuck in a small dingy. Shark infested waters, freezing cold, you know the drill. Two of them survived. Two of them went crazy after drinking sea water and walked off the boat. They became instant shark food. The other died of injuries sustained during the boat's capsizing. The two survivors drifted so far out they were rescued by a fishing boat. A Russian fishing boat. Un-believable!
Watching this show comes with it's shocks, but it's also a bit inspiring. How can these people still be here? What if something like that happened to me? Your first instinct is to say, man - I don't think I would've made it!
Lessons to be learned? Well not too many. Most of the time these things were unavoidable. Just plain rotten luck. But if you are going hiking in the woods, kayaking in a canyon, or sailing out in the ocean, bring a canteen or two full of water. Also bring a really big knife. A knife can really come in handy.