Whats the closest you've come to dying?


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Furbs
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I tried this briefly as a bundy hijack but it fell on its arse.

For me it was on holiday as a teenager on Gozo (near Malta fact fans). Over night there had been a storm and the current at the beach we went to regularly (which I knew really well having been there on holiday 2 years running) totally changed.

Was swimming after a football, head down since I'm rubbish at swimming on the surface, only to look up and find myself way out of my depth and about to be utterly mangled on REALLY sharp rocks. Had it not been for the fact I was wearing trainers and so could push myself back off them without cutting myself to shreds, the EG forum would have been about 35,000 posts lighter.

The scary thing is how far I'd been dragged in one lung full of air. Must have been about 200 meters plus.
#1 at 22:08:10 - 26/01/2007
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My nearest-death experience would probably be a couple of years ago, driving into Oxford for a job interview. I took a wrong turning onto the ring-road dual carriageway, and started looking for a turning off to get back on track. I was only travelling around 50 miles per hour as I was passing the 3-2-1 countdown signs and preparing to turn off onto the sliproad, as I pulled off onto it I realised the slip road was actually a 90-degree turn onto a narrow dirt road, and I swear to god if I had never played a driving game I wouldn't have managed to drift round it without rolling into a ditch. So there we go Jack Thompson, Video games saved my life.
#2 at 22:15:03 - 26/01/2007
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Hmmm mine's complicated but basically - nearly died in a road accident back in 1992. I'd decided to take my girlfriend at the time down to the south coast for new year's day, nice deserted roads - unfortunately one of the coldest January mornings on record, and I was tootling along in my shitty Fiesta at about 5 in the morning...

...we'd just fuelled the car up, and were joking about how icy it was and what direction you turn into a skid. About a minute later I found out for real the answer to that question is "You don't - you panic and start doing stupid stuff" because the Fiesta slid on black ice, hit the verge, flipped, rolled, hit a Land Rover coming the other way which propelled the car backwards, landing back on its wheels on the verge I'd just clipped.

GF got off scott free with hardly any injuries. I had 4 busted ribs, cut ear, severe whiplash and now have a nice serrated tongue where I bit through it in the accident. A piece of trim flew off my car and went straight through my windscreen - lancing straight through the car and cutting my ear. 1cm to the side and it would've gone straight through my head.

So in reality I shouldn't be here.

Best bit of the accident was being breathalised and the copper surprised to find I hadn't had a drink the night before (bearing in mind it was new year's eve) - I was still a teetotaller back then y'see.

Second best thing, stupid twat copper not believing how slippery the road was, went out to measure the skid and examine the crash site, slipped over on the same piece of road I'd skidded on and busted his pelvis.

Peej
#3 at 00:04:19 - 27/01/2007
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Crikey Peej, you're one lucky guy. Or one unlucky guy to have encountered the black ice, my glass is usually half full though so I'll call you a lucky bastard!
#4 at 00:44:00 - 27/01/2007
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A couple of times.

One was where I was surfing in Brighton around October, but it was really cold and I only have a spring suit (kind of thicker than a summer suit, but not enough to keep you warm in the winter), so I wore my jeans and a big wooley jumper as well.

The surf was pretty good, but enevitably I took a plunge and the board came back on it's leash as I bobbed and twatted me in the temple and I sunk like a big wooley jumper-wearing stone. My mate waded out, dragged me back and administered CPR and all that jazz. Dirty perv probably copped a feel too.

The other was getting malaria in Cambodia miles from anywhere civilised enough to have a proper hospital, I don't recall much of anything at all appart from halucinting quite a bit, but about a week later I found myself in Sihanokville (sp - no idea!) Hospital, over the worst of it and a couple of yanks nearby took credit for saving my life.

No clue about any of it. I still get the shakes almost every day though.
#5 at 00:58:40 - 27/01/2007
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Um...pretty close to be honest. I was in a coma for 4 days once after a car accident that was totally mu fault. Acting the big man on a bendy country road that I drove up twice a day at least, went faster than I could manage, and flipped my mini cooper about three times onto a tree stump that came through the roof and twatted me in the side of the head. Next thing I know, it's a week later.
#6 at 01:59:38 - 27/01/2007
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I'm glad you're all alive and well, considering I work with a bunch of townies and prats, you fellas are the closest I have to workmates
/is feeling sentimental after watching something on the telly
#7 at 02:06:19 - 27/01/2007
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What'dya watch? It's OK, I love you too.
#8 at 02:07:28 - 27/01/2007
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The last episode of Band of Brothers, seeing the actual men you've been watching the stories of for the last 8 or so hours almost brings a tear to the eye
#9 at 02:08:52 - 27/01/2007
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When I was 11 I tried to cross a busy road on a dark, rainy night and got hit by a car. I was knocked onto the other side of the road and luckily the oncoming traffic managed to stop before running me over. I went to hospital for cuts and scrapes to my head and a suspected broken leg, but my leg was actually fine. I had some trouble seeing out of my left eye for a week or two, but it wasn't anything permanent.
#10 at 03:19:34 - 27/01/2007
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Tuckey said:Crikey Peej, you're one lucky guy. Or one unlucky guy to have encountered the black ice, my glass is usually half full though so I'll call you a lucky bastard!


Yep I feel lucky, that's why I've tried to live a pretty interesting and weird life ever since. Pack as much in because this is the second chance n'all that :)

Peej
#11 at 12:31:54 - 27/01/2007
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Hard to say really, it'd probably be near to near scrapes when driving really, there haven't been any proper near death situations like described above. Rather there were several situations where if I was a worse driver or paying less attention it would have been the end of me.

Like barrelling along at seventy on the motorway only to come around a corner over the ridge to find the traffic completely stopped in front of me in the middle lane (both other lanes moving fine o_O) and coming to a shuddering halt about five to ten feet from the car in front.

Oh and going round a blind corner on the wrong side of the road after going to fast around the previous corner and having to straighten the car out, worst part of that one is that there was a massive dingle on the outside of the corner and no clearence on the other side so I would have ended up either crashing into a hill or going off the road the other side, or worst of all crashing into an oncoming car. Fortunately none of the above happened but I nearly bricked it at that point.

I'm sure there are more.
#12 at 14:06:25 - 27/01/2007
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Haven't got any stories even half as exciting as you lot! But the best I can come up with happened earlier this year.

To set the scene, my desk at work is in front of a huge glass window. Now bear in mind that I spend 95% of my work day sat in front of my desk at my PC.

One day last year someone was in the room on the other side of said window moving some ladders, only they sorta slipped and instead of resting the ladders on the wall above the window, rested them on the glass. Needless to say the ladder came crashing through the window sending glass everywhere. Luckily this happened during the 5% of the day when I wasn't at my desk. I heard all the commotion and went to see what happened to find a 10inch long huge shard of glass on my desk that would no doubt have penetrated the back of my head in a Final Destination stylee had I been sat in my usual position instead of making a coffee.
#13 at 14:30:06 - 27/01/2007
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Gah!

One time I remember was aged 10 or thereabouts, going to see a local rally near Keswick (I think) that my uncle was in and standing on a small rise above a bend in the road along with a few other people, about 10 feet from the road and 5 or 6 feet up from road level. Quite nice day out, deep in a forrest, watching all these cars go whizz by.

Then we hear a serious engine noise approaching from around the corner.

"This one's going to go by fast!" though schoolboy Retty.

Fast, and high off the ground as it turned out. Straight up the side of the rise I was standing on, right past my face. I remember seeing the look on the navigator's face and hearing the zips and toggles on my coat scrape along the side of the car.

Strangely, it didn't actually faze me at all. Got made a fuss of and they stopped the race for half an hour or so to put up some course markers and 'chat' with the driver in question, but otherwise fine.
#14 at 15:34:36 - 27/01/2007
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Closest for me was probably when I fell off of a rope swing from about 20-25ft up. Landed in a big pool of mud, about 6 inches from a sharpened stake (abotu 6 inches in diametre itself). 1 foot to my left and it'd have gone right through my lower back.

Menengitis was also fun. Got a head ache, went to hospital, lay down ona bed, woke up 2 weeks later right as rain.
#15 at 22:27:23 - 27/01/2007
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never been closer than right now.
#16 at 23:06:56 - 27/01/2007
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Something wrong frod?
#17 at 23:09:09 - 27/01/2007
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only being the wrong side of 30 :(
#18 at 23:20:02 - 27/01/2007
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29's not that bad surely?
#19 at 23:20:46 - 27/01/2007
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29 was ok as I remember.
#20 at 23:22:31 - 27/01/2007
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31 not treating you too well?
#21 at 23:24:17 - 27/01/2007
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deathclock is forever ticking

tick

tock

tick

tock
#22 at 23:27:33 - 27/01/2007
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Mortality getting it's grip on ya?
#23 at 23:28:06 - 27/01/2007
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we're all doomed.
#24 at 23:43:00 - 27/01/2007
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31's hard. You should all try it sometime.
#25 at 23:46:21 - 27/01/2007
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/Is 31

/Creaks
#26 at 23:48:32 - 27/01/2007
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It could be worse Frod, your internet connection could go offline
#27 at 23:48:46 - 27/01/2007

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