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The Shipwreck (Posted on 2024-05-28) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Five married couples are out for a pleasure cruise on a yacht when the boat hits a rock and sinks. They are left stranded on a small island 6 miles from shore. Luckily, there is a rowboat moored on the island large enough to hold 3 people, and the rowboat is equipped with 3 sets of oars and oarlocks.

Each of the men can row the boat at 3 mph, and each of the women can row it at 1 mph. If two or more people row together, their speeds are added. That is, 2 men would row at 6 mph, a couple would row at 4 mph, etc.

The husbands are all very jealous, and will not allow their wives to be with any of the other men unless they are also present, either in the boat, on the island or on shore. Several women may be together, but if any man is with them, all of their husbands must be there. (When the boat is loading or unloading, all of the people, both in and out of the boat, are considered to be together.)

In the shipwreck, 7 of the people suffered neck injuries, and cannot turn their heads to see where the boat is heading, so one of the 3 uninjured people must be in the boat whenever it is being rowed.

What is the least time required to get everybody safely to shore? (You can decide which people are injured.)

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