FORGET notions of women and children first – a study of 18 tragedies at sea has revealed that, when ships sink, crew are more likely to survive than passengers, and men fare better than women.
On average, only half as many women as men survived the incidents, which spanned three centuries between 1852 and 2011.
Children were the least likely to survive of all.
British gallantry at sea is also exposed as a myth, with fewer women surviving on British ships than those of other nationalities.
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