Anyone care to share times in your life when you nearly shuffled off the mortal coil only to be rescued at the last possible instant? I'm curious to hear other stories because this past Saturday was almost my last...→
[More:]A group of friends and I went to view some local waterfalls here in western NC. Turtleback has an area that is somewhat safe for swimming (so we thought). My friend Kim grabbed a rope to cross the river but became stuck in the unusually fast and cold current. I went to try to pull her to shore, but I got sucked in after slipping on the slick rocks. I went down a cascade and into an eddy, a fierce one that kept me underwater and partly under rock.
After getting bashed around and losing air in the whirl, I was seconds away from giving up as I was very weakened and weighted down by my clothes... In one of the profoundest moments of my life, I began to let go, thinking of my friends and family, when a strong current shot me down and back into the river. I grabbed a riverstone and passed out. Had some shock and hypothermia, and other than a few minor pains, I'm whole and alive. Kim and one other friend got away with sprains and cuts, and we're all damn lucky, except for the traumatic aftershocks that seem to hit out of nowhere.
So, in this soft therapeutic setting, anyone interested in telling their near misses from death's scabbard?