Every emergency situation is unique – if you break your leg while jungle trekking with hardened jungle trekkers who are super fit and many in a number it is a different situation than if you do the same while out with first timers who aren’t used to the jungle and are a bit ‘city slack’.  You might be a mile for civilisation or fifty miles, there might be phone reception, there might not be, you might be in overgrown jungle or on a nice clear trail…the list goes on and on.

So, should there be some emergency the first thing to do – and do this immediately – is to do nothing at all.  Or rather once any immediate danger to the person is dealt with and first aid administered, then you should S.T.O.P. (Stop, Think, Orientate and Plan).  You and the group you are with should take a few minutes to think and come up with the best plan, because there are very few (I can’t think of any off hand) situations where a a few minutes of physical inaction is going to make all that much difference one way or the other, but a few minutes spent thinking and planning can make all the difference in the world.

I remember watching a programme about a couple who were on holiday, bird watching somewhere in a South American jungle and the woman twisted her ankle, her husband went off for help but then couldn’t remember the way back to where he’d left his  wife and by the time they did find her (weeks later) she was dead.  I’m sure all of you could think of what he should have done to make sure he could find her again (or even the alternative of not leaving her in the first place) but he was probably slightly panicked and disorientated and the real mistake I suspect he made was not to S.T.O.P.

In this video I look at the reality of carrying someone out of the jungle – it is no small task to undertake but there is a method that makes it a little easier.  In many situations it might make more sense to send a small party off to get help while the rest of the group stays behind with the injured person….but only you will be able to determine what is the best option on the basis of the particular emergency situation you find yourself in

…and the best way to do that is to S.T.O.P.