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  Must have been scary ...
  Posted by: Kocho on Apr-28-13 1:11 AM (EST)
 

Hope your knee recovered...

It's amazing how one can die within feet of rescuers... A friend, not a good swimmer but good enough for a few olympic pool lengths, was just yards away from me in the sea, swimming over the deep area of just 10 or so yards between a shallow area where we were standing a few minutes ago and the beach. I had already swam out. But he kept swimming sideways and not making it across. I did not think he was in any trouble - he was that close. So I just kept watching in disbelief and it was almost funny how he would stop, take a breath, look at the beach swim two strokes in the right direction, then turn parallel to the beach again... After a couple of minutes he started to get tired. Then he went under with obvious signs of helplessness - he was drowning. Swam to him, got him out, he coughed out some water and was OK. But if I was not there he'd have drowned just feet from shore in relatively calm water...

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