by Phil Corriveau
(Plainville CT. USA)
Back when I was 17yrs old I was with my girlfriend and her family at their summer cottage near the lake. It was a warm day and my girlfriend’s younger brother challenged me to a race to see who could reach the floating deck (sitting about 40 yards off shore) first.
So I beat him and was relaxing on the deck for about 30 minutes when he asked me again if I wanted to race back to shore. I said ok and we both dove from the deck, I was told that the water was approximately 15 feet deep.
I remember swimming side by side with him when I just got so tired so fast that I started to drown. I was trying to grab my girlfriend’s brother but he fended me off and proceeded to swim back to shore to get some help. By that time I was sinking fast and I could see the water level out of reach and my whole life passed in front of my eyes within seconds.
I started praying, knowing that my time has come, when all of a sudden I was on the bottom of the lake and I started walking.
The next thing I knew I saw the top of the water line coming up fast. Then I was on shore.
No one could believe what had happened. I should have drowned no doubt!!!!!!!