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jim thornton
December 19th, 2013, 07:12 PM
Working on an article about men and drowning and would love to interview somebody who "drowned" (lost consciousness, inhaled water into the lungs, the whole catastrophe) and was then resuscitated and recovered fully.

Ideally, this person has the following characteristics:



Male gender, and the incident occurred sometime between the ages of 18 and 45
Some boneheaded macho behavior--a dare, perhaps, or desire to impress female onlookers, or alcohol involvement--would be a definite (though not absolutely necessary) plus
No residual brain damage or memory loss to impair said guy's ability to describe the physical and emotional process (including phases, if there were phases) of what it really feels like to drown
A willingness to relive, in som detail, what I can only imagine is a less than comfortable episode


If you fit the above bill, or know someone who might, could you please get in touch with me at jamesthornton1@comcast.net

Please note: I'm not joking here, it's for a Men's Health article next summer, and it has the potential to help some readers avoid a form of mayhem that is much more likely to befall men than women. I am hoping to interview Cullen Jones, but his own close call occurred in childhood, and I need to find someone who came close to drowning in young adulthood to middle age.

If you have had any moments of in-the-water panic, even if you didn't lose consciousness and need to be revived, but still thought you were going to die, I invite you to describe what happened here.

Thanks!

pmccoy
December 20th, 2013, 09:33 AM
I'm actually kind of glad I can't help you more on this one. I was 18 months old in my drowning incident and don't remember anything about it. Arguably, my backstroke fits all 4 criteria but I don't think that is what you are looking for.

jethro
December 20th, 2013, 10:31 AM
I once had to be rescued as an adult, but did not lose consciousness. I can PM you the details if you're interested.

__steve__
December 21st, 2013, 12:20 PM
Option 3 on two separate occasions as a kid.

orca1946
December 21st, 2013, 01:39 PM
As a thought, ask some of the members of our swim teams. That mght allow for more people that might know of someone.

Sportygeek
December 22nd, 2013, 06:37 AM
I've lost consciousness in the water due to a chronic medical condition; was rescued before the drowning became permanent.

Also had experience of option 2: panicked the first time I went open water swimming in rough conditions. Was never in any real danger and got myself back to shore.

jim thornton
December 22nd, 2013, 05:33 PM
Jethro, I would love to heart the details. Can you send me an email at jamesthornton1@comcast.net? Thanks!

jim thornton
December 22nd, 2013, 05:37 PM
I've lost consciousness in the water due to a chronic medical condition; was rescued before the drowning became permanent.

Also had experience of option 2: panicked the first time I went open water swimming in rough conditions. Was never in any real danger and got myself back to shore. Determinedtri! I would also love to hear the details of your two experiences if you'd be willing to share them--could you email me at jamesthornton1@comcast.net ? Thanks!

Not sure who the other person who replied about passing out and inhaling water is, but if you'd be willing to tell me the details, I'd be extremely grateful. Thanks to all participants in this little poll. It's surprising to me that nearly a third of people on a masters forum poll would have had such dicey experiences in the water, which just goes to show you how dangerous the water can be for nonswimmers and/or poor swimmers.

Maui Mike
December 23rd, 2013, 12:40 AM
Many years ago, in Mexico, when $2 would buy a quart of tequila, my best friend's wife had just given birth. Another friend and I were down there to celebrate. Someone had loaned them a house on the beach. There was a rock jetty with a gazebo on the end Since we didn't know where the hospital was we decided to start the celebration without them. It was hot. The bottle went down too quick. "Let's go bodysurfing" seemed like a great idea at the time.
Very glad to have gotten back to shore.