Survival Story: Survival Straps at Sea

Even on the most well-prepared of trips or adventures, unexpected events occur that can likely throw a wrench in your plans, which is why having 550 military spec paracord on hand is ideal. Peter learned this first-hand while on boat race with friends. He shared this exciting story with us:

“I was sailing in the Bermuda Race on my boat. The race was from Newport, Rhode Island to Bermuda. We were going into an overnight race, and we had stocked up on everything. We had a week’s worth of food and water. We had half a dozen sails or more and many yards of line. The race was 635 miles, and we hoped to sail that in 3 to 4 days. It was the second night when the seas got rough and the winds started to pick up. I believe it was about 2 am and out of nowhere there was a giant BOOM. The main sail’s halyard had snapped. I was half asleep on the rail when it happened and was suddenly smothered by a 100 pound sail. When I emerged from the cocoon of sail, I found the halyard at the mast flopping around. I needed a line or something fast. I realized that I had my Survival Straps Survival Bracelet on and decided to use that as the fixing line. So I cut an end and unraveled the band. All the while, we are going through 10 foot swells and 20-30 miles per hour wind. So, I spliced the two lines together and fixed the line with the military grade paracord. As a result, we got through the storm and the race; we finished in fourth place over all. What was amazing was the fact that when I took the sail down, the paracord was still tough and strong – even after having thousands of pounds of pressure on it for 50 hours straight!”Peter - BermudaWhat a view! Congrats on a successful trip, and we’re thrilled to have been a part of such a cool adventure.

Do you have a cool Survival Story to tell? Don’t forget to let us know! Email your stories and pictures to stories@survivalstraps.com,  follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and Survival Stories, and check out the many other instances where our customers used their Survival Straps gear, here.

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Survival Stories: More than Just a Bracelet

Wounded Warrior Project Black 550 Paracord Survival Straps Survival Bracelet

“I am an on the road Law Enforcement Sales manager for a distributor out of NY. I am also a Vet. Last night I was on the road in Kokomo, Indiana. I went out for dinner and while setting at the bar a man and a woman came in and set next to me. There really was very little conversation but a little chit chat stuff. Anyway the man got up to go to the restroom and his wife looked at my bracelet and said that her son had sent her directions how to make them but she had lost them. I said why don’t you ask him to send them again. Then I saw the pain in her face and the tears started flowing. She lost her son in Afghanistan.

I looked at her and said I am so sorry for you loss, but Thank You for your sacrifice. I then took the bracelet off of my arm and handed it to her and said this is from a fellow vet, keep it. She looked at me as if I had given her a million dollars. I left never getting her name and actually I almost felt naked because I was not wearing the bracelet so I went out today and bought another and hopefully I don’t have to give it away again, but if I ever have to I will do it with pride.
Thanks for making a great product, and giving me the opportunity to give it to someone who really needed it.”

-Al

Survival Stories: Sean Parr, Sr. Airman

Sean Parr Comes to Survival Straps®

Sean Parr with Daryl Walls and Kurt Walchle of Survival Straps®

Sean Parr, a good friend of Survival Straps® and an American Hero, returned home to Florida from his service in Afghanistan during May of 2012. Sean’s recent deployment to Afghanistan took a turn for the worse  when he was attacked by rioting locals while providing security for one of our U.S. bases. Sean was struck in the head repeatedly and shot 3 separate times by a Taliban spy-once point blank in the face-with birdshot.

Covered in blood, mud, and human excrement (that the locals chose to throw at our troops), Sean was greatly relieved to receive the WWP backpack filled with clean clothes immediately upon his evacuation. We are proud that a small piece of home (and our Survival Straps® gear)  made its way into Sean’s hands during his ordeal as part of the Under Armour –WWP backpack program. While Sean will carry shrapnel from the birdshot embedded in his eye for the rest of his life, we recognize that Sean is one of the lucky ones that made it home alive.

We honor the sacrifices that all of our servicemen, servicewomen, and their families endure to protect our freedom.

We are so glad you are safe and recovered, Sean! We deeply appreciate your service and sacrifice for our country.

Survival Stories: Ed

We love to hear stories from our customers who have used their Survival Straps to save their hides in an emergency! Have you used your Survival Straps® Gear? Write an email and send a picture or two over to us: stories@survivalstraps.com. Remember, if you use your gear and share your story, we’ll replace the gear for free!

Here’s a great story from our friend Ed:

On a bike ride today one of my pedals broke apart, about to fall off 12 miles from my car. I have a few Survival Straps, today I was wearing my fishtail black strap. I partially unwound it and used it to tie the pedal on my bike, saving me a 3 hour walk back to my car in the summer heat. I wear them about 80% of the time…now it will be 100%. Thanks for making a great product and supporting Wounded Warrior Project.

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Survival Stories: Pedal, Bike, Black Fishtail

Survival Straps: Survival Stories, Black Fishtail Bike Rescue

Survival Story: Beth Ackerman, Florida Half Ironman

Every day at Survival Straps we receive word from a customer or two who has used his or her Survival Straps gear in an emergency! Have you used your Survival Strap recently? Send us your story and some pictures and we’ll send you a replacement strap. Just shoot us an email (stores@survivalstraps.com), or send us a letter-the long handed way-to 1106 A1A N, Suite 100, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, 32082 with your information and we’ll get back to you. Here’s a story from our friend Beth of hows she used her strap during a Half Ironman!

 

T-minus 30 minutes until race time (5am) of the Half Ironman Florida 70.3 we noticed a missing piece of equipment to secure a water bottle to our athlete’s bike.  After searching for possible fixes, the one and only true cure was my survival strap (light duty survival strap with plastic clasp). The survival strap was able to affix the bottle to the bike effectively. The athlete completed a 56 mile bike course without the bottle budging at all and claiming that the survival strap worked better than the normal rubber band mechanism. Thanks for a wonderful product we are looking forward to finding an even more awesome way of using it again!

Cheers!

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Survival Stories: Jeff Bova-for Longmire on A&E

Every day at Survival Straps we receive word from a customer or two who has used his or her Survival Straps gear in an emergency! Have you used your Survival Strap recently? Send us your story and some pictures and we’ll send you a replacement strap. Just shoot us an email (stores@survivalstraps.com), or send us a letter-the long hand way to 1106 A1A N, Suite 100, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, 32082 with your information and we’ll get back to you. Here’s a story from our friend Jeff of how he’s used his strap!

My name is Jeff Bova and I am the Transportation Captain for a new television series called “Longmire”.

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