After just moving to the city, my partner and I went to meet some friends on their boat that was parked in the quay. After having a bit to drink, it was quite late. My partner and I started arguing over something silly. He walked off the boat, so I followed him. Everyone else stayed in the boat, carrying on with the party. As I stepped off the boat onto the wooden walkway, I started to run since I had lost sight of my partner.
What happened next was the strangest feeling I’ve ever felt. One minute I was running; the next minute everything just went really dark. I didn't feel cold or even wet. I just felt like I was floating but sinking at the same time. Everything was pitch black, when all of a sudden I saw myself above me and a bit to the left. I was just staring. I looked so peaceful but I still had no idea what was happening or where I was. The next thing I knew I was laying on the wooden decking with everybody around me - soaking wet and freezing cold. My friends on the boat said that they had heard something and went to see what it was. They found me floating on top of the water, my lips were blue, and I was unconscious. They had to bring me back round. After five minutes, I was absolutely fine like nothing had ever happened. Watching myself drown has always stayed with me and always will.
Date NDE Occurred: ---/10/2000
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' . I could have drowned.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I looked exactly the same, just sort of transparent.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was under water and was not aware of what was happening to me.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I was peaceful and scared.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
God, Spiritual and Religion:
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I believe now that it was a warning that something was going to happen to me. I believe it was telling me that if I didn't do something I would have drowned.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The best thing was having experienced it. The worst was not knowing what it was, but now I know. I feel sort of safe knowing that this experience probably saved my life.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Most don't believe me.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No