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Originally posted by shadow12
When I finally calmed down I thanked my friends, and told them that i would have and still would do anything to save their lives too, if they were ever in trouble.
Originally posted by tjack
Scary read, brother, I'm glad you're still with us! Any idea why you started to panic? Maybe it was further across that section of lake than you estimated. Distances across water can be deceiving.
I .. OP your post reminded me of a book I read a while ago, called Breath. Written by Tim Winton, a great author where I live. From kids mucking about in the local water hole to a paramedic, the theme was how life in all of it's exhilaration can change in an instant.
]This post made me think of a headline i our newspaper today about 2 missing swimmers at the beaches in New Jersey with a devastating picture of the missing 18 year-old's friends sitting on the beach with extremely distressed looks on their faces, although the one that disturbed me was the boy's face with his mouth agape crying out with immeasurable anguish at this plight. When I first viewed it today, it got me thinking how probably minutes earlier, they were all having a blast at the Jersey Shore with nary a thought of anything so devastating....and how quickly it all changed to a living hell for those friends whom wait it out for the probable result they dread hearing.edit on 21-6-2012 by elrem48 because: second post not a quote.
Originally posted by Jukiodone
Not a nice experience but you lived to tell the tale and you now know that you shouldnt swim in open water unless you have experience.
I'm not responding to lecture but because I found myself in a similar situation around 8 years ago whilst swimming on a beach in Thailand:
I'd done mini/half trathalons in open water for over 5 years so although not pro I'd call myself a "proficient" swimmer.
I went in the (South China Sea) checked lifeguards were visible and made sure the safe swim flags were up but within 10 minutes at a depth o around 1.8 meters I found myself in the strongest rip tide I've ever encountered.
Almost without warning the tide turned from light to quicker than swimming speed so with 2 minutes of realising I was in a rip I was about 100 metres from the shore.
I waived at the lifeguards but within 30seconds of stopping my full power swimming to shore I'd been pulled a further 30 metres out.
After around 10 minutes of frenetic swimming I'd managed to maintain my position but the sea was clearly going to win...same heavy legs and panicked breathing but instead of swimming to shore I realised that the real danger was from sinking not floating so just set about treading water.
After about 15 mins more I heard a motor and to my relief a tourist on a jetski was heading my way.
After waiving at him and shouting I climbed on the jetski and must've been around 400 metres from shore and pretty damn tired.
He dropped me off about 20 metres from shore and it was the most surreal experience to walk back up the beach to see my GF, the lifeguards and all the other tourists having a great time and I'd been thinking about death 5 minutes previously.
Then came a sense of peace. I could no longer keep my self afloat and i just wanted to give in.