Time for another one of our riddles and questions for you all to mull over and think of an answer to. I fabricated this one from something I heard 4 years ago, so good luck finding anything about it on the internet.
You are the leader of a rescue team and have arrived on the scene of a horrific crash between two submarines, each one sinking slowly and losing air. The passengers in each are unable to leave the submarine and float on the water’s surface. If you don’t save the people from the submarine, by cutting a hole for them to climb out of, they will die.
On one submarine there are 40 people, 20 of which happen to be politicians from various countries, including China, Cuba, America and the UK. The other 20 are just ordinary workers.
On the other submarine, everyone is just an ordinary worker, but 20 of them have a history of committing crimes, ranging from petty theft to murder.
The submarines will both sink within 105 minutes (an hour and 45 minutes). It takes an hour to save one group of survivors and either all or none of a group must escape. Another rescue team, under your command, will arrive in an hour and will complete any task you set them. One rescue team has one piece of equipment and cannot split into two sub-teams. The two rescue teams cannot work together to save the same group of survivors.
The submarines must remain where they are at all times.
Who do you save and how?
If you need any more information, just comment here and I’ll answer it through an edit.