P4_6 Buried Alive

Tendayi Kerr, Nathan Adams, Nick Brewster, Jason Smith


Situations in which a character in a film or TV program has been buried alive appear commonly, for example David Blaine was entombed for a week as an endurance feat. This paper calculates how long a human can survive in a casket without an external air or water supply. A value of 11 hours was calculated for a human perfectly at rest. A value of 41 minutes obtained if the human was distressed and respiring at the maximal rate. The length of time in the casket is determined by the human’s activity.

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