Thursday, August 1, 2013
My Close Call...
While vacationing on the Gulf Coast last week I had the scariest moment of my life. I was caught in a rip current and dragged very far from shore. I didn’t even realize it until it had already pulled me out pretty far. It’s amazing how fast it can happen. I was able to get the attention of Lisa, who was on the beach. She ran to a beach-goer and had him call 911. She then risked her life by swimming all the way out to me and pulled me in (luckily she was on the swim team in high school). I still can’t believe she did that…but I’m damn thankful that she did.
As we got closer to shore, a total random stranger came out and pulled both of us the rest of the way in. Lisa said that when she felt her toes touch the ocean floor again (meaning we'd made it most of the way back in) that she felt more relieved than she'd ever felt in her life.
There were also strangers on the beach greeting us as we came back in, offering water, etc. The first responders had shown up by that time as well and were verifying that we were ok. We were so thankful to be alive and we were hugging random people lol.
The stranger who swam out to help us the rest of the way in had disappeared pretty quickly before we really had much of a chance to thank her. We were pretty numb and still in a bit of shock. We did get to hug her before she left though. I'll always wonder who she was and I hope she knows we're eternally thankful. Just as I am eternally thankful to Lisa for risking her life for me.
This was my first truly close call with death...where I actually thought to myself "I might die here and now". Definitely an eye-opening experience. Have you ever had a close call?