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- Nov 29, 2015
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I'm afraid this is the best I can do for a personal near drowning....
A few years ago we were crappie fishing in March. It's a private 90 acre lake with a "boat house". We were fishing out of one of those Gheenoe deals, or whatever those fake canoe drowning traps are called. When we were done, we pulled into the boat house, got out of the floating coffin, unloaded our gear, and raised it up to the second floor, where the bar was, on some cable contraption. No, I have no idea how I ended up with permission to fish there.
Soon enough, we found ourselves enjoying some beverages and rehashing the day. It was chilly....maybe 50 degrees, but we had put a spanking on the out-of-control crappie horde.
At some point during refreshments, I realized I had left my sunglasses in the now elevated 12 feet above the water, swinging on cables, piece of garbage make believe boat.
I walk over and see my sunglasses on the front thing that masquerades as a seat.
It has always made perfect sense to me at my advancing age, when reaching for something, to steady myself with any nearby ledge. Even in my inebriated condition, this was still sensible to me. In this particular case, that would be the gunnel of the swinging death trap. Which is exactly what it did as it swung out from under me, as I reached ad grabbed it to steady myself.... and left me in a 12 ft. freefall.
The 48 degree water was quite shocking, and I had an immediate thought that cold water felt a lot harder than warm water.... but that turned out to be the lift, that was not in use, since Summer had not arrived, and all that was needed to lift the boat from hell was the death swing.
14 stitches and instant sobriety.
I don’t think it’s physically possible to drown when you are inebriated. If it was I’m pretty sure I would already be dead!!!