Pi falls forty feet and lands on a half-unrolled tarpaulin covering a lifeboat that is hanging from the side of the ship. Pi looks up and sees a Grant’s zebra jump gracefully after him. The zebra misses the tarpaulin and smashes into a bench on the lifeboat, crying out in distress. The lifeboat shakes at the impact and then falls into the water.
Pi’s luck in surviving begins immediately, as he falls a huge distance but happens to land unharmed on a soft surface. The zebra is not so lucky, but it too survives, showing the extremely potent desire of living things to keep on living.