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  • Former Navy SEAL reveals how to escape drowning with your hands tied
  • Clint Emerson said the best chance of survival was controlled breathing
  • In shallow waters, use sinking and bouncing method to travel to shore
  • But a full body rotation will allow you to take a deep breath in rough seas

A former Navy SEAL has revealed how to escape drowning if your hands are tied.

Clint Emerson, who served in the U.S. navy for 20 years, said the best chance of survival was controlled breathing as lungs full of air made the body float better.

He recommends taking deep inhaling breaths and exhaling quickly.

A former Navy SEAL has revealed how to escape drowning if your hands are tied. Above is a graphic showing the techniques to use

A former Navy SEAL has revealed how to escape drowning if your hands are tied. Above is a graphic showing the techniques to use

Emerson also advises people not to panic.

‘Panicking, which can lead to hyperventilation, is the number-one enemy to survival,’ he said.

One of the methods Emerson recommends is the ‘sinking and bouncing approach’.

‘In shallow waters, use a sinking and bouncing approach to travel toward shore, ricocheting off the seabed or lake floor up to the surface for an inhale,’ he wrote.

‘When facing down, whether floating in place or using a backward kicking motion to swim to shore, the operative should arch his back in order to raise his head above water.

‘In rough seas, this may not give him enough clearance to get his head out of the water. Instead, a full body rotation will allow him to take a deep breath and then continue travelling forward.’

In shallow waters, use a sinking and bouncing approach to travel toward shore, ricocheting off the seabed or lake floor up to the surface for an inhale

In shallow waters, use a sinking and bouncing approach to travel toward shore, ricocheting off the seabed or lake floor up to the surface for an inhale

Clint Emerson, who served in the U.S. navy for 20 years, said the best chance of survival was controlled breathing as lungs full of air made the body float better
Emerson unveils his techniques of survival in his book, 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation

Clint Emerson (left) unveils his techniques of survival in his book, 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation (right)

Emerson unveils his techniques of survival in his book, 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation.

As for getting out of the restraints, DailyMail.com recently tried out a method of getting out of heavy-duty zip ties.

Heavy-duty zip ties are one of the hardest restraints to get out of – but the easiest for criminals to acquire and administer.

Handcuffs are expensive and hard to come by, but cable ties are cheaply available at every hardware store.

Daily Mail Online staffers Mati Milstein and Alexandra Klausner prepare to test out the manoeuvre

Daily Mail Online staffers Mati Milstein and Alexandra Klausner prepare to test out the manoeuvre

Raise your arms overhead as high as possible

Then throw them down with as much force as possible

Raise your arms overhead as high as possible (left), and then throw them down (right)

When tied up, the natural instinct is to try and twist and wriggle your wrists out of the plastic strips, but this only causes pain and cuts to your skin, usually worsening the situation.

But there is a quick tutorial on a simple but effective way to break out of zip ties.

Much like our recent demonstration on how to break free from duct tape restraints, to get out of being zip tied, start by putting your bound wrists over your head.

Hold them up as high as you can.

Then in a swift movement, swing your arms down towards the ground while spreading your hands apart.

The stress of the manoeuvre should cause the the tie to tear apart.

Mati shows how the trick forces the zip tie to rip. It causes some pain to the wrists, he said 

Mati shows how the trick forces the zip tie to rip. It causes some pain to the wrists, he said

Sometimes it takes more than one try to actually escape. However in the Daily Mail Online’s test, it was a pretty sure bet on the first go, according to photo editor Mati Millstein, one of our subjects.

‘It was surprisingly easy to break zip ties using this method, taking advantage of momentum and the weight of your arms rather than just brute strength,’ Mati said afterwards.

‘Though I, obviously, would prefer not being kidnapped and held captive in real life, I now feel more prepared for just such an event.’

However, it’s important to point out that the movement isn’t exactly pain-free.

‘Inevitably, this technique will leave your wrists scraped and chafed.’ Mati said.

‘But this is a small price to pray for freedom.’

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