I Nearly Drowned

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    the first time that i nearly drowned my mom had left me with  baby sitter while she and her byfriend took a weekend vacation i was 2 or 3 and my brother was 3 or 4. It turned out that the babysitter  had a phone sex hotline on the side so she didnt watch the kids very...
    lvtd lvtd
    1 Response Mar 1, 2009

    Don't Play Under Waterfalls!

    I am 20 and I am an awesome swimmer. I went to fossil creek the other day and decided to go over the water fall like everyone else. I had watched so many people do it so I figured why not. Well I was a little nervous so this guy was trying to pep talk me on how it's done. He said...
    drowningme20 drowningme20
    18-21, F
    1 Response Sep 8, 2009


    I’ve never cared for the water since I had a near drowning when I was 10. I fell through a frozen lake, but that is another story. This incident happened about 35 years ago. I was at the shore in CT. The tide was out and it exposes a sand bar that you can walk out to an island...
    skychef skychef
    61-65, M
    2 Responses Aug 13, 2012

    Terrified X

    Happend to me wen I was younger at a local pool! I was terrified!  I can still picture it in my head, the fear I felt, the things rushing around in my head as I tried my best to be noticed by anyone with no breath left inside me,  thankfully someone did notice and got...
    SekritObsession SekritObsession
    18-21, F
    1 Response May 16, 2009

    One of my earliest memories is of me underwater,

    painfully breathing in chlorine-filled fluids and furiously kicking to try and float to the top. So, I never learned to swim. Except back stroking... My face isn't in the water so I don't panic as much.
    bijou08 bijou08
    31-35, F
    Jan 27, 2014

    The River

    My daughter, 2 grandsons and I nearly drowned in the Little missouri River this past Saturday.  I live in Pike County and this is the same river where 20 people were killed just a month earlier at Albert Pike in a flash flood.   We, my daughter & grandsons, ...
    naturenanny naturenanny
    51-55, F
    1 Response Aug 2, 2010

    When I Was Around 9

     i went on a church bible retreat .and i was having fun diving into pool.then i dove in,and swallowed some water.i paniced and started sinking.my brother saved me.i will always remember that.it scared me badly.it took a long time for me to go swimming again.
    ghostofmyself ghostofmyself
    1 Response Jan 15, 2010

    I was learning how to surf from my dad

    and he let go of the board. Next thing I'm waking up on the beach with the cord around my neck. To this day I won't go more then waist deep in an ocean and no boards at all
    foreveralways1993 foreveralways1993
    22-25, F
    Mar 7, 2014

    Stupid Move

    About five years ago I was living in Sumatera.  Almost every weekend, my friends and I used to head to this little village - it was tiny but quite a tourist destination because they were Orang Utans that came down right down to the river by the village fairly frequently...
    adjyo adjyo
    31-35, F
    7 Responses Jan 16, 2009


    I was 2 years old when I nearly drowned, it was on my parents honeymoon. I went off in the paddling pool, abroad, my mum was watching me, my dad asked her something and she got up for a moment. She turned around and I was gone. While my mum was running my mind was blank, I couldn...
    Hoppity97 Hoppity97
    13-15, F
    Jun 19, 2012

    There is probably one of the stupidest things

    I've done, so bare with me here. I heard that people have died from drinking 2 litres of water in an hour. So I decided to kill myself by drowning my lungs. I drank just over 5 litres (around 2 gallons I think?) of water in 20 minutes. I thought that would kill me for sure. I...
    SorryForMyLife SorryForMyLife
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 19, 2015

    Fell Overboard

    When I was 12 or 13, my family was sailing near Ibiza. I was not wearing a life preserver but I was leaning over the side and trying to touch the water. It was very wavy. My father yelled at me the very instant I fell overboard. I was a very good swimmer, and I could have...
    sailnude sailnude
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Apr 6, 2013

    I Nearly Drowned

    When I was very young I nearly drowned in a villa in Portugal.I slipped on some ice cream and I remember thinking that I would never get up I couldn't swim and I saw my granny and mum at the side of the pool the jumped in and I was happy I was still alive. But upset that I was...
    Tomzy Tomzy
    18-21, M
    Dec 16, 2011

    I just passed a vehicle with cages over the

    insides of the windows and I felt the sensation of breathing in filthy lake water and being unable to escape the vehicle. It was as if I could taste it.
    Axelton Axelton
    46-50, M
    1 Response May 21, 2014

    When My Cousin Was Trying To Drown Me' As He Was Mad......

      When i was much younger and quite a swimmer my cousins and I went to the lake and was having big fun.Well my cousin who really wasn't that big jumped on my back in the water and was pushing my face down and my heart was throbbing with terror.I went down one time...
    ladonnasangel ladonnasangel
    36-40, F
    Mar 15, 2010

    This happened twice. The first time I was in a

    public swimming pool, my dad took me swimming when I was four. Although in the shallow end I was waiting on the steps for my dad because he was busy with my brother and sister. I tried to step down but the water was deeper than my height and I went under. My feet kicked out but...
    merrygentry merrygentry
    31-35, F
    1 Response Feb 15, 2014

    A Very Scary Moment

    I nearly drowned when I was in high school. I dating this really jerk guy at time and he took me to this creek near by hometown where the high schoolers gather to swim and drink, etc. (Yes, we were all young once, right?) Well, the creek or river or whatever is full of rapids and...
    keepingwarm keepingwarm
    1 Response Jan 9, 2008

    I Didn't Know If I Was Alive

    I was only thirteen years old when my parents decided to take me with them on a vacation to Mexico. We were on a boat, my two twin younger sisters talking to my parents, when I decided to look into the water. So, stupidly enough, I leaned my full weight over and low and behold I...
    isabelleh isabelleh
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 19, 2012

    She Laughed As I Drown

    Yes, I almost drown! And my "MOM" was the one laughing!! I was about 3-4 yrs. old. I was at a beach. The water was calm and I decided to go where it was up to my shoulders. Somehow I fell in the water. I could hear the faint sound of other kids laughing, screaming, and splashing...
    Mermaid4ever Mermaid4ever
    13-15, F
    Aug 7, 2013

    Terrified of Water.

    One sunny morning many years ago while on a school camp I decided to swim across a body of water about 50 meters wide.  50 meters isn’t far, if you can swim.  I could swim but not very well it turned out.  Once I’d made it half way I...
    Dropbear Dropbear
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Jun 6, 2009

    It Happened When I Was 4, But The Image Is Hunting Me...

    I was left unattended on a Sunday afternoon or I left the group of friends and family at a barbecue near a public open air pool. I can't remember. I must have been 3 or 4 years old. It is still traumatic for my mother to remember and talk about it. The only thing I know is...
    akimat akimat
    51-55, M
    Jun 30, 2013

    Fun At The River Xd

    I was about 6 or 7 at the time. Me and my two older brothers decided to go to the river for some fun. When we got there, my brothers just dove in right off, and started play fight with one another. I hung back for abit because I still didn't know how to swim. It wasn't really one...
    Dyrnwyn Dyrnwyn
    31-35, M
    Feb 15, 2012

    Sand Bar

    I’ve never cared for the water since I had a near drowning when I was 10. I fell through a frozen lake, but that is another story. This incident happened about 35 years ago. I was at the shore in CT. The tide was out and it exposes a sand bar that you can walk out to an island...
    skychef skychef
    61-65, M
    Aug 8, 2013

    Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

    Long ago...  way before kids, me and Donna went on a camping trip with the guy in the next room, Simon. He drove trucks, delivered animal feed to small, remote farms on Dartmoor. We hung out together a lot and at the time I'd have called him my firmest friend. So... packing...
    Lazarus42 Lazarus42
    46-50, M
    Jul 21, 2010

    Soak, Tumble And Spin

    For four years in a row, and up until two years ago, I organized a white water rafting weekend.  It was always a great weekend, but a lot of work as well.  Each year I had no less than 200 people on my weekend, and it was always a challenge trying to get to know them all...
    roughNready roughNready
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Feb 6, 2012

    Blonde Hair Floating Like a Dying Angel

    This one scared me for life. I had taken swimming lessons before but that summer I was 8 and thought I was great!At a lake with all the cousins. Acting big, swam out to the floating platform where the older cousins hung out. Laid there about 20-30 minutes in the sun, it never...
    Kellygirl Kellygirl
    41-45, F
    Jan 10, 2008

    I Dunno How You Qualify As 'nearly' Something

    I 'nearly' got swept out to sea many times as a kid and as an adult. I just swam in the wrong places at the wrong times of the tide. Got caught by the current and taken away. You don't even notice at first, you have to have been swept too far, to notice. Then it's too late coz it...
    TheLuckyHobo TheLuckyHobo
    31-35, M
    10 Responses Feb 27, 2009

    I'm Bearing the Scars

    I don't know how old I was but it must have been around the age of six. I was at a swimming baths with my mum and some friends of hers and their children and I walked around the baths because I was bored and then got into the pool that was way too deep for me. I thought I...
    GothGrrrl GothGrrrl
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 7, 2007

    Under The Waves

    When I was seven, my parents and I took a trip to Hawaii, specifically the big island. I liked to body surf in the waves, as my parents told me. I don't really remember. I do remember this, though: I was body surfing I guess, but something went wrong. I swallowed a bunch of...
    chococat159 chococat159
    Mar 22, 2013

    My friends older brother threw me into the deep

    end of their pool I went to the bottom I was freaking out I doggie paddled the crap out of the water till I knew I was in foot deep water. I hate him sometimes.
    countrygirlISTaylor countrygirlISTaylor
    18-21, F
    Jul 31, 2014

    Under Tow

    I love to swim and was even a life guard one summer break from school at the beach I grew up at.  The day I nearly drowned I will never forget.  Yes it was after being a life guard so it can happen to anyone.  I have always been a strong swimmer too.  I was...
    rondat rondat
    41-45, F
    Jan 9, 2008

    I nearly drowned a couple of months ago,

    I was 16 nearly 17 in three days and me and my friends decided to go to the beach for the day there was five of us one was my best friend of all time. I had been to the beach three times already that week and plenty of times before. me and my other friend not the best friend had...
    sophie6041 sophie6041
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 7, 2013

    I can't remember that much about the incident

    because i was around 4-5 years old at the time. My family and i were at a friends house. They had a pool in the backyard. Everyone was outside sitting around eating and talking. Im not sure where my sister was but i was in the shallow end of the pool playing by myself on the...
    violet1698 violet1698
    31-35, F
    1 Response Aug 15, 2014

    Super Brother

    When I was 3 my mom through me into the deep end of the pool my brother pulled me out I couldn't stop crying. When I was 12 my cousin pushed me into a pool she didn't know I can't swim and yet again my brother pulled me out I vomited water on him but he wasn't mad he carried me...
    dojo13 dojo13
    26-30, F
    1 Response May 26, 2013

    Bali Trip

    So ive had this dream for a while to become a surfer, not to be the best surfer or compete with anyone in any way, just to get to an ability where by I can surf waves well enough to fully enjoy and appreciate the amazing feeling I get when doing so. Ive been surfing for a while...
    SwaynerGlobe SwaynerGlobe
    Mar 15, 2013

    6 Years Ago

    (haha! it has been THAT long:p, i can't believe it..) & my parents still doesn't know about it! haha! happened on a trip with my friends, a classmate pushed me on the pool thinking i knew how to swim! God, I don't! haha! there, i drowned.
    mistyeyedlass mistyeyedlass
    18-21, F
    1 Response May 3, 2009

    Alcohol and the Ocean...just Don't Mix.

    Back when I lived on the Carolina coast, we were at the beach sometimes daily. We knew the ins and outs of ocean play. One sunny day, a friend turned 21. We went to the beach, and then after a long day of boogie boards and body surfing, we hit our favorite little dive for some...
    onceandfutureglow onceandfutureglow
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Sep 6, 2008

    Numerous Times

    1. Used to jump off the dock at parents' summer home when 2 or 3 years old, mom and dad would have to jump in the lake to save me. Not the brightest child, I guess. 2. Got caught in the deep end of a friend's pool around age 7. Mom (8 months pregnant!) had to jump in and save me...
    miochiyo miochiyo
    26-30, F
    1 Response Feb 28, 2009

    I Drowned, Yet Live . .

    I've heard people say, "As you drown, you see your life pass before you", and "As you drown, you see beautiful colours passing before your eyes". Oh, yes? That wasn't the way it was for me at around 11h45 one Thursday morning in October years ago. It is a slow and ghastly death...
    Qagidi Qagidi
    46-50, M
    4 Responses Jan 27, 2012

    Haha, the Wave Pool........

    During the summer when i was little, Crystal Rapids was the place to be. pretty much everyone went there when it was hot out. annnnnnnnyyyyways, i was there with one of my friends and her family and we were in the wave pool. The wave pool was really really huge and the waves...
    asdfok asdfok
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 21, 2008

    I've always been a strong swimmer,

    but that really didn't help much when I almost drowned in a lake while camping. I was kayaking by myself on the lake while my parents watched from the shore. I had a life jacket on, so no one was worried. If I fell out I could easily swim to shore. I accidentally tipped the...
    ThatOneGirlWithTheBlueEyes ThatOneGirlWithTheBlueEyes
    18-21, F
    Jan 29, 2014


    When I was 3, my babysitter (a 17 yr old girl) and her best friend took me to the community pool with them. There were boys there, they got caught up in socializing, and left me in the shallow end to fend for myself. I almost drowned. The lifegaurd had to come get me and he...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit
    36-40, F
    1 Response Mar 15, 2010

    I was at Lake Mead in close to Bullhead

    and I was on a blow up raft floaty pool toy thing and I fell off the blow up raft floaty pool toy thing and went in deep water and I paniced and my skin pigment changed to a different color after I almost drowned
    samuelsluck986 samuelsluck986
    31-35, M
    Sep 30, 2014

    The Weird Candle.

    I almost lost my life once in a lake called "Lenin" There was a big sign warning swimmers that many that ventured have died before here, but because there were tons of teenagers swimming like nothing it's happening then my parents of course allowed me to go deeper with a little...
    deleted deleted
    Jul 28, 2012

    The Underwater Experience.

    I was at summer camp, around the age of 10. I was in the lake, using a blue kick-board.  I would stop kicking every so often and reach my feet down to the ground to see how deep i was getting.  I knew I was getting deeper, but I could still feel the ground beneath me...
    Cinderelly Cinderelly
    36-40, F
    6 Responses Aug 23, 2007

    So Scary > < ~

    I almost drowned in the swimming club's pool. I still remember well, It was Sunday afternoon, my friend & I went to College to swim.. The pool was 3.00 metres depth and I knew I couldn't swim.. but my friend said It would be all right, she can help me anyway.. so I did...
    DollyDiva DollyDiva
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Feb 27, 2009
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