Recent story carried in the news reports over here (as follows);
"A father froze to death while sheltering his nine-year-old daughter from the elements as severe blizzards swept northern Japan over the weekend.
Mikio Okada died as he tried to protect his only child, Natsune, against winds of up to 109kph and temperatures that plunged as low as minus 6 degrees Celsius.
Mr Okada was one of at least nine people killed in a spate of snow-related incidents as blizzards hit Hokkaido island.
He was last heard from at 4pm (local time) on Saturday after he collected Natsune from a school where she was being looked after while he was at work.
He called his relatives to say his truck had become stranded in driving snow, which was several metres deep in places, according to newspaper reports.
He told them he and Natsune would walk the remaining kilometre to their destination.
However, the pair were found just 300 metres from the truck early on Sunday morning.
Mr Okada was reportedly found hunched over his daughter, cradling her in his arms and apparently using his body and a warehouse wall to provide shelter.
He had taken his jacket off to give to the child, a broadcaster said."
OK, so this brings up an interesting scenario.
Without being too judgemental, what was done wrong & what could have been done to prevent this & assist the father & daughter to survive?
I'm not looking at this situation as a finger pointing exercise.
There is potential for anyone to find themselves in a similar situation, what will you do if it's you?
I have some questions to start with.
Was this weather forecast? If so, why travel in it?
I can understand the father needing to pick up his daughter from school, but would it not have been more prudent to remain at the school during the blizzard?
Ok, so the daughter is picked up & the journey home started. The blizzard has then struck.
What should have been done? What items could have been used for their protection?
My own thought is that if the truck became stuck then the first priority should have been shelter.
I believe staying with the truck may have been more prudent.
The vehicle could have provided better shelter than trying to find alternative shelter during a blizzard.
Even though it was stuck it could have also provided fuel to start & progress a fire.
A bit of petrol (gas to you guys) or diesel could have been used to ignite the spare wheel/tyre (after deflation of couse) thus providing a heat source that could have saved both father & daughter.
At worst there were also at least 4 other wheels/tyres that could have been used likewise to provide heat for a fair length of time.
That heat, along with the shelter that could have been provided by the vehicle could have sustained both father & daughter until help arrived.
Seat upholstery could also have been used for personal covering as well as the seat fill also being burnable.
So, two items that I think should haave been carried (apart from the vehicles std tool kit) are a knife & fire starter.
Your thoughts re this situation?