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One Frightening Experience

Sun Mar 27, 2005 6:41 am

I'm sure all of you have had a more terrifying event happen to you, but seeing as I am still on an adrenaline rush from what happened, I'll tell mine anyways. I'm a member of my high school's freshman crew team, and we have been having two practices in the same day since spring break. So today, on our second practice at 1 PM, we had already been warmed up from the first practice. Our coach had us row 5 five minute full-power pieces. We sprinted up and down the river, and began our fourth piece around 2:10 PM. Our coach was on a "launch boat" commonly known to you guys as a small boat with an even smaller motor on it. We got a distance from him going full speed when my friend Justin, behind me on the boat, yells "Guys! Behind you! Coach just fell in the water!" I look to see that our coach is scrambling to stay afloat, as the launch boat was in a tight spin. He tried to get back on, but couldn't. We lost sight of him, the entire time is shock that this was happening, and then realized that we had to go save him. Our team must have made the tightest turn around with our boat EVER, and began to sprint in his direction. That's when we saw him barely able to stay afloat, swimming to a life vest which (thank God) had fallen out of the boat. He grabbed on, but it really did nothing to keep him afloat. We then reached him, and stopped rowing. The water was below freezing, he was shivering, and there was blood all over his teeth and mouth, as he must have been hit. He told us he had to get to shore quickly or he might go into hypothermia. We tried as we could, and managed to bring the boat close enough for him to reach it. Luckily the park police were there, but for whatever reason, the cop decided he was going to just stand there and watch. After he reached shore a score of fire rescue vehicles were on scene, and were just about ready to jump in the river to save him when they saw him on land. Luckily, he was ok, and never had to go the hosptial. It was still a very frightening affair. Have you ever had something happen to you like this, where it just seems like you're dreaming?

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RE: One Frightening Experience

Sun Mar 27, 2005 6:50 am

was sitting in the front passenger seat when the driver (first time acquaintance) decided to play destruction derby with his car on every object from garbage bins to cars even. we ended up in a wall, he lost all his teeth and had a cerebral commotion. my head flew millimeters away from the dash but didn't touch because i had my seat backed up all the way, with tight seatbelt. when i got off the vehicle with its drunk driver, it really felt like a dream... i spitted blood the next day because of the belt.
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RE: One Frightening Experience

Sun Mar 27, 2005 7:07 am

Glad everyone was OK. I've been in frigid water before and it sucks bad. We were playing hockey on a frozen pond that had suspect ice. The ice was prestine so it was hard to tell how thick it was. We did our standard testing of beating with a hockey stick, then sending the lightest guy out first followed by the heaviest guy, the ice held up for the final test of all six of us in one spot. There was a ton of cracking under our weight when we moved, but no visable fractures. So we played. About a half-hour into the game, a puck went astray on ice we hadn't tested. One of my buddies, whom is somewhat of a crazy dumbass, just merrily skated to retrieve it. We yelled to be careful reminding him that we hadn't tested that part of the pond. Well he goes in full bore and you could see the ice buckle underneath him until it finally exploded and sent him face first onto the ice and water. He began thrashing about. We'd never had this happen. I began to skate over toward him thinking he would need help. I got about 40 feet away, but didn't think I could go any further so I just stood there. Fortunately, he was in knee deep water by the shore and just stood up. Just as he did that, the ice gave way under me. Since I had layers upon layers of clothing on and hockey gear, not to mention was pretty heated from playing, the water wasn't really that cold. Only until it hit my nuts did it feel cold (very unpleasant). I learned that when you try to tread water by kicking with hockey skates on, it actually takes you down. This scared me. All my buddies scrambled off the ice except for one who tried but couldn't reach my stick. I got to the edge of the hole I created, lifted my upper-body onto the ice. This caused it to break and slide me back into the water. I had to do this about 6 times toward the stronger ice before it finally held my weight. Then I was able to climb out. Fortunately, the playing area was still good so we played for about another half hour until I told the guys I had to go because my feet were too numb from the cold water. But that was one of the few times in my life that I thought I might die. (The other was flying in a J41 during a snowstorm).
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