In Hatchet, what did Brian do immediately after the plane landed?

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Brian got himself out of the plane and swam to shore.

Brian was the only survivor of the plane crash.  The pilot had a heart attack and crashed the plane rather than landing it.  Brian managed to detach himself from the seatbelt.

He saw nothing but sensed blue, cold blue-green, and he raked at the seatbelt catch, tore his nails loose on one hand. He ripped at it until it released and somehow—the water trying to kill him …— somehow he pulled himself out of the shattered front window and clawed up into the blue … (Ch. 3)

After the plane landed, and Brian got himself out and swam to shore, he was disoriented and surprised he was alive.  He was saddened by the pilot’s death, and he was cold and clammy.  Brian then passed out.  When he woke up it was dark and he was surprised he was still alive.  He watched the sun come up, which took an hour or two, but then swarms of mosquitoes came up.

The mosquitoes were relentless, swarming and biting him so horrifically that he could not even see.  Brian could barely believe it.  He felt like he was being eaten alive.  They tore his clothes, and ate almost every inch of him.  As if surviving the plane crash wasn’t bad enough, he had to deal with this!

Brian fell asleep against a tree, then woke up and drank some of the lake water.  He immediately threw up.  Then he decided that he was hungry, and decided to look for berry bushes.

Simple. Keep it simple. I am Brian Robeson. I have been in a plane crash. I am going to find some food. I am going to find berries. (Ch. 6)

He eventually found berries by watching birds, but the first berries he found turned out to be a little troublesome, giving him a bad stomachache because he ate too many of them and they were not quite ripe.  He named them gut berries!

Brian is young, and on his own.  However, he is clever and has a thirst for survival.  He has to survive, so he will survive.  He watches the animals, and does what they do.  He also remembers lessons he has learned from adults in the past.  So survive he does.

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