Have you had a near-drowning experience?

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Brittany2907
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05 Jul 2009, 9:19 pm

My near drowning experience when I was 13 has left me afraid to go swimming. My step sister was drowning in a pool and because there were no life guards that I could see I tried to save her myself. I wasn't a very good swimmer although I could usually stay afloat, but she pushed me under the water and sat on me. I couldn't get up for air and I must have passed out because the next thing I remember is being dragged to the side of the pool by a man.
My step sister was fine - she sat on me! Although I was made to spend the rest of the day in the first aid room.

Has anyone else almost drowned?


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05 Jul 2009, 9:40 pm

yes i almost drown in the pacific ocean when i was 4 or 5 because we were out having a picnic and my grandma wanted to take this shortcut through some rocks and suddenly the ocean came up out of nowhere. how i clinged to the rocks i didnt know but i felt like a i couldnt swim. it was aweful and i really dont swim all to much anymore because of it unless i can see the bottom of whatever im swimming in


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05 Jul 2009, 11:12 pm

I was 8 or 9, it was a family outing in FL. I was about stomah deep in the ocean, next thing I know the rip tide got me. Before I knew it I was in water way over my head. I kept pushing off the bottom to get a few secs above the water to look around. I remember surfacing about 10 times, before the last time (said my goodbyes). Went down to what I thought was my grave. Just then I felt a hand grab me, my dad saved my life!! ! Months of nighmares followed.



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06 Jul 2009, 1:11 am

^^ I've been caught in a rip as well and I was only 6, but somehow I managed to stay with my head above the water and my dad saved me also.


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06 Jul 2009, 4:58 am

loads of times - as a kid/teenager I was fascinated with free diving and always trying to break some of my little records (I was no Jacques Mayol though). quite a few times I went a bit overboard, overestimated my capability a whole lot and would've drowned if it wasn't for other people pulling me out. I really makes me cringe to think of it now, it was childish and stupid.


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06 Jul 2009, 5:44 am

When I was 4 years old, my aunt took me to go swimming at a pond near Aubern Lake in Auburn Maine. I went in and thought the string of beaded bouys looked cool, and went to touch them and hit a drop off. Some other kid hauled me out of the water and I never went back there again.


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06 Jul 2009, 7:07 am

When I was very little -- about two or three years old -- I nearly drowned in the university swimming pool. (It functioned as a public pool on weekends.) I don't remember the incident, but my mother said that when I was pulled out of the water and settled down, I said, "It is not pleasant down there. One cannot breathe at all."


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06 Jul 2009, 8:44 am

I said, "It is not pleasant down there. One cannot breathe at all."

Very similar in my many near death experences. I would run to the edge of death laughing, my mom would always ask "what the hell were you thinking", I would explain my errors and what I would do different next time. As a young teenager I would make homemade parachutes and jump from about any height (60' or less). This lead to me joining the army as a paratrooper, left my broken.



06 Jul 2009, 1:45 pm

No not really. I just remember being in Yakima when I was six and I was swimming in my uncle's backyard and I went too far out into the pool and there was a drop to the deep end and I slipped and started to fall into the deep end and I couldn't swim so my dad raced over and pulled me back to the shallow end. That was it. I knew next time to not go that far so I stayed in the shallow end. I started wearing these floaters on my arms little kids wear when I go in that pool. My dad also pointed out the line at the bottom of the pool telling us that's where the drop starts and you fall into the deep end.



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06 Jul 2009, 6:14 pm

i almost drowned in a pool in france when i was about 7.

i'm terrified of the sea and deep water so that may be why, although i cant remember if i was afraid of it before :?



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07 Jul 2009, 7:28 pm

Almost drowned twice in a wavy pool when I was visiting a water park with a church group. The lifeguard was right freaking there during both near drownings but lucky I was able to splash and kick my way towards a wall...it wasn't easy to climb up though when the waves start kicking. All the lifeguard did ask tell me if I was alright and just made a humorous antidote about the pool waves. Apparently since I was 15 at the time, she assumed that I was capable of swimming, HA!

I know better than to enter a wavy pool without something to ride on now!



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07 Jul 2009, 7:37 pm

At least twice that I know of.
Both times in a kiddy pool (you know, the type you blow up and fill with a hose.).
Both times, my brother sat on me.
My brother, while younger than me, was/is on the heavy side, so.

Rather unpleasant experiences.
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Horrible really. Nothing quite like being unable to breathe.
One of those little but oh-so important things in life that so many people don't even notice until they can't do it...


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07 Jul 2009, 9:55 pm

I was put into a pool with way too many people in it when I was very young. I was given a floaty ring but it was faulty and had a hole in it. The people in the pool were walking around it to create a whirlpool. My floaty eventually sank or I got pushed down in the water and the only thing I remember was being underwater. I had my eyes open under the water and was trying to breathe. I remember being scared I was under the water. I also seen a girl swimming underwater. I'm not sure how I got back up but someone got me out of the pool and acted like nothing happened and that I was exaggerating. I'm not sure why I didn't know you couldn't breathe under water either.

I'm not afraid of water though.



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07 Jul 2009, 10:03 pm

Sharks are probably the reason for my fear of pools and water (especially when you see movies where they could be released in pools <.< )



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08 Jul 2009, 8:57 am

i learned to swim in the middle of a near-drowning experience

i wasnt going through the actual drowning

but i was in the middle of black deep dam-water, fully clothed, not on purpose, and splashing around


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08 Jul 2009, 10:00 am

Once when I was little, when my brother pushed me into the pool. I made it all the way to the bottom of the deep end and swallowed a water bug. Luckily my cousin was quick to react and got me out of the pool.


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