Captain Picard's Hair wrote:The Mythbusters tested this recently (with help from James Cameron himself) and found that Jack and Rose could indeed have both survived until the rescue boat arrived. Specifically, they verified that Jack would have died had he stayed in the water as portrayed but a person could survive out of the water in the cold air for the hour-plus Cameron specified the rescue boat took, even with wet clothes. A test with Adam and Jamie in a pool (on a proportionally larger raft to account for their larger size and mass than the heroes) showed that it's not easy but it is possible to arrange both bodies on the raft. They found that when they secured the life preservers they had at hand under the raft the buoyancy issues immediately became much more manageable. It would require a small but not unreasonable amount of work but it's quite possible to have both survive.
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