Juliane, her mother and 90 other passengers were on a flight on Christmas Eve. But unexpectedly, lightning struck and caused the plane to fall into the Peruvian jungle below.
Juliane awoke on the jungle floor with many injuries and there was no sign of her mother. Instead of panicking like the surrounding passengers near her, she began to take in the new area around her. Although still intrigued with everything, she somehow needed to survive this situation.
The central idea of the text "Deep Survival" by Laurence Gonzales is in order to survive a life or death situation, one must be mentally prepared.
WE NEED TO STAY PUT AND WAIT FOR SOMEONE TO HELP US IF WE'RE GOING TO SURVIVE!
Remember Juliane If you we're to ever be in a situation where you're stranded, go downhill and find water. It's usually where civilization can be found.
Juliane had no clue on where she was or what to do but since her parents did to study and research in jungles, she recalled her father saying:
Juliane then went on to use her father's strategy for survival. She traveled and lived on small cakes and pieces of candy. No equipment to assist her. Insects constantly boring through her skin and hair leaving eggs. But she never gave up.
Must go downhill to find water. Water leads to people. People equal safety and survival. Must go downhill...
The passengers who decided to await rescue, ending up dying, resorting to cannibalism or even went out to find help themselves.
Eventually, Juliane stumbled upon and collapsed inside a hut. It was in her favor that some hunters found her and delivered her to a doctor.