You are a German and are on an expidition to explore land in Southwest Africa for possible colonization for the glory of Germany. The ship is run aground. It is stuck on a sandbar. You wait for the tide to come in but it does not.
The captain says everyone on board should head for land in the lifeboats.
All the lifeboats are loaded with supplies and people, but three boats capsize.
The people in the other boats make it and wait for the people in the boats that capsized to make it to shore.
The crew explains these waters are major feeding grounds for sharks and the currents are some of the worst in the world.
A party goes inland to explore and there is nothing but desert landscape everywhere. You fear for the lives of the people in your group.