We just did an activity based on the real life events that were portrayed in the movie Abandon Ship! (1957).
First, students chose one of these roles:
Then, I told them that just like in real life, a storm was threatening the boat so they must chose 7 people to place a life preserver around and send them into the ocean.
After the group makes their decisions, I tell them the real story of what happened which was based on the movie Abandon Ship, also known as Seven Waves Away.
In the real life incident, all of those aboard turned to the highest ranking person (ship’s officer) to take command. He had a sidearm on him. When the sea got too rough, he called everyone’s attention and he chose who would go/stay. He kept only the strong, able-bodied who were strong enough to survive a long row. On the last day, they were rescued and the captain was put on trial for murder. He was declared innocent, but received a minimum sentence of only 6 months in prison because of the unique circumstances.
I also share what has happened in the activity in all my years of doing this activity in the past (I have saved the data).
For more info, see the textbook Ferris; Stein pgs 14-16.