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Sea Salvage (also known as Plunge, Pull, Pop) is a recurring challenge in Survivor.


A certain number of tribe members will race out to a floating platform. Then they will dive into a cage to pull out bamboo poles in order to release the item needed to complete the final objective. After gathering all of the needed items, they will race back to shore. The first tribe to complete the final objective wins.


The challenge made its debut in Palau. The castaways would race to salvage sake bottles from a shipwreck. One at a time, the castaways would be pulled to the shipwreck on a raft by their tribemates. Once the player arrived, they must dive down to retrieve a sake bottle. The first tribe to bring back six sake bottles wins. Though Ulong had an early lead, Ibrehem had difficulty staying underwater long enough to get a bottle, thus giving another win for Koror. Despite winning, Koror still had to attend Tribal Council to vote out somebody before they could enjoy their reward of beef stew and root beer and watch the losing tribe's Tribal Council.

In China, Amanda and Courtney sat out for Fei Long. In this version, two castaways from each tribe will release puzzle pieces that correspond to the Chinese Zodiac. Then the remaining three would solve the puzzle. Also, the divers must alternate each time. For the first half of the challenge, Fei Long and Zhan Hu were relatively even. However, Peih-Gee and Jaime threw the challenge in order to vote out one of the newcomers of the tribe. This allowed Fei Long an easy victory.

The challenge was reused and modified in Caramoan. In this variation, the divers were not required to alternate. In this case, three castaways would dive to remove bamboo sticks. They would release one of nine rings. Once all nine rings are obtained, they would be pulled back by three other members. Then, the remaining members would toss the rings on to three post. The first tribe to do so wins immunity and fishing gear. Laura sat out for the Fans. The Fans fell behind early because they sent weaker members and Sherri did not switch out early. The Favorites sent athletic members, who alternated each turn, allowing them to gain an early lead. Despite the Fans' best efforts, Malcolm and Phillip won the challenge for the Favorites.

The challenge appeared for a fourth time in Game Changers. Nuku started with an early lead due to Ozzy's strength in swimming. They managed to get all of their buoys as Brad struggled for Mana, ultimately switching out with Aubry, who managed to make up time. The two tribes were equalized at the puzzle stage, with both tribes at a loss as to what word was to be spelled out. Eventually Hali came up with the idea of "Metamorphosis", and Mana hurriedly put the word together to win immunity.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"The Best and Worst Reward Ever"
Tribal Reward S10 caryn tS10 coby tS10 gregg t
S10 ian tS10 janu tS10 jenn t
S10 katie tS10 tom tS10 willard t
"Love Is in the Air"
Tribal Immunity S15 amanda tS15 courtney tS15 denise t
S15 frosti tS15 jeanrobert tS15 sherea tS15 todd t
Fei Long
"Honey Badger"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S26 andrea tS26 brandon tS26 brenda t
S26 cochran tS26 corinne tS26 dawn t
S26 erik tS26 malcolm tS26 phillip t
Game Changers
"What Happened on Exile, Stays on Exile"
Tribal Immunity S34 aubry tS34 brad tS34 cirie t
S34 hali tS34 michaela tS34 sierra tS34 troyzan t



  • All the winning tribes had the runner-up.
  • Andrea Boehlke is the only person to have competed in this challenge multiple times. She won once and lost once.


Recurring Challenges
A Bit Dinghy · A Bit Tipsy · A Crate Idea · A Leg Up · A Numbers Game · Air Raid · Angry Chair · Around the Bend · Back in Slack · Balancing Point · Ballin' A Jack · Barrel Bridge · Barrel of Monkeys · Basket Brawl · Better Homes and Island Living · Beyond the Wheel · Blind Leading the Blind · Blue Lagoon Bustle · Blue Plate Special · Boats, Brains & Brawn · Bone to Pick · Boulder Smash · Bow Diddley · Box Your Mind · Braille Maze · Broken China · Buggin' Out · Build It Up, Break It Down · Butch Cassidy · By Any Means Necessary · By the Numbers · Cage Against the Machine · Can't Buoy Me Love · Cannonball Run · Caught in the Web · Cell Block Sea · Challenge Pitch · Chief's Choice · Chimney Sweep · Chinese Zodiac Symbols · Choose Your Weapon · Coconut Juice · Crate Escape · Crocodile Rock · Crosswalk · Cube Crisis · Dear Liza · Dive Masters · Dizzy Gillespie · Dizzy Miss Lizzy · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Drum Roll · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · EOC · Eve 6 · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · Fire Starter · Flips, Flops, & Flags · Float Your Boat · Floating Puzzle · Game of Bridge · Gatecrasher · Get a Grip · Get Barreled · Get Hooked · Get Your Goat · Gimme Three Steps · Great Escape Run · Hands on a Hard Idol · Hear About It Ladder · Hot Pursuit · House of Cards · House of the Holey · Idol Hands · Jail Break · Jump Shot · Jungle Relay · Kamikaze · Keel Hauling · Keep It Up · Keep on Your Toes · Kenny Log-Ins · Kicking and Screaming · Kitty Litter · Know Your Loved One · Ladder Tree Golf · Last Gasp · Letter Hunt · Lock, Load and Light · Lock Step · Log Jam · Losing Face · Mask Match · Matchmaker · Matt Finish · Mayan Pizza · Memory · Mud Pack · Mud Slide · Muddy Waters · New School · New Tribe Member · Nut Bucket · O-Black Water · Odd Shaped Bottoms · Operation Balance Build · Out on a Limb · Over-Extended · Paddle Battle · Paddle Out · Perch · Pilfering Pirates · Piranha Feast · Pole Dancing · Pot Head · Push Me, Pull You · Puzzle Dig · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rock the Boat · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · Rung O Star · Running Down a Dream · Sacrificial Lamb · Schmergen Brawl · Sea Crates · Sea Legs · Sea Salvage · Shipwrecked · Shoot 'n' Shuffle · Shooting Gallery · Shoulder the Load · Simmotion · Slip, Slide & Score · Slither Me Timbers · Smash and Grab · Snag, Drag and Bag · Snake in the Grass · Snake Island Relay · SOS Signal · Spear-it Hunt · Spit It Out · Splash Back · Sprung a Leak · Squared Off · Squatty Probst · Stacked Up · Stairway to Heaven · Stairway to the Stars · Star Man · Station By Station · Step on Up · Stomp-ede · Strung Out · Sumo at Sea · Super Ramp · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · Tangled Up · Temple Transfer · The Ball Drop · The Cruel Sea · The Game is Afoot · The Gauntlet · The Home Stretch · The Maze · The Obstacle Course · This Much · Thrash, Splash & Bash · TLP O-Course · Tomb Raider · Total Recall · Troubled Water · Uncomfortably Numb · United We Stand · Vampire Bats · Vertically Challenged · Vertigo · Wall to Wall · Well Stacked · What-er Drag · When It Rains, It Pours · Wicker Flicker · Will It Go Round · Witch Hunt · Wrist Assured · Yank Your Hank · You Shook Me