My Near Death Experience Story | White Water Rafting Online Video

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I just wanted to share with everyone a small story about a near death experience that happened to my friend Steve Martile (my friend who helps me teach in the 7 free videos on How to Create a YouTube Video to Market Your Business Online) and I on August 15, 2009, while white water rafting on the Ottawa River. Watch this short online video of the incident first and then continue reading below as I describe in detail what thoughts were going through my head.

All I remember is being on the raft, heart was racing as we approached the rapids, hitting the rapids, and then a few seconds later being in the water.
First Thought: Don’t panic, you are wearing a life jacket and you will eventually float to the surface. So I started kicking to propel myself to the surface. I looked up and it was dark.
Second Thought: What if I was under the raft, what do I do then? I stretched my hand up to try and feel for the raft, there was nothing but water.
Third Thought: I really need some help! So I started waving my hands to try to flag someone for help (underwater).
Fourth Thought: Wait a second, I’m underwater and nobody is going to see me. I really hope I am close to the surface by now or else I’m going to run out of air. I again tried stretch my hand to the surface, still nothing but water.
Fifth thought: I’m starting to inhale some water and if I don’t get any air now I’m seriously NOT going to make it! Just as I was about to give up, I shot to the surface, and took in some air.
Sixth Thought: Oh crap its not over yet, I have to swim across the current to make it to shore or else I will get sucked into another Rapid! I’m sooo exhausted. Luckily, the rescue boats where right there to pick me up and take me to shore.
Nobody was seriously hurt on this trip. From now on, August 15th is officially known as “Life Appreciation Day”!

Here are some more videos and pictures from the same white water rafting trip that I created using a free online video service called Animoto. To learn how to create a professional slideshow like this, please see my video tutorial called How to Make a Professional Online Video using a Photo Slideshow Software called Animoto

 

If you have any near death experience stories or videos, please share them in the comments below.

 

 

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Hani Mourra

Hani Mourra is an online video marketing coach who is passionate about helping people marketing their business online using online video.

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wendy henriquez
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I went White Water Wrafting in Echo Canyon River i think that was the name
near Colorado Spring last year It was An Amazing Experience Went with The
Youth From Houston to a Heritage Trip n Man Am so Looking foward going
again this year. It is Scary when you get to the 4th and 5th level as hard
as it gets stick ur feet under the fromt seat “those who been wrafting
know” And Hold on toght put all ur weight n try to not fall ha Amazing i
say

Ezmay Jopling
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Went rafting in turkey a couple years ago. to make a long story short, I
ended up face down on a level 5 rapid wedged between 2 rocks underwater for
about 2 minutes. definitely thought my time was up!

hanimourra
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Fun but SCARY 🙂

MrClemonskunkel
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Sweet Ride. When I went the raft was smaller. We had 8 in a raft. We had a lot of fun. Was not expecting to see the hole raft flip over. That look Dangerest a Lot. I think I had more Fun,

MrClemonskunkel
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[..YouTube..] Sweet Ride. When I went the raft was smaller. We had 8 in a raft. We had a lot of fun. Was not expecting to see the hole raft flip over. That look Dangerest a Lot. I think I had more Fun,

xinga
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15 August….our Independence Day… 🙂

hanimourra
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@Kisser369 it was a wild ride!

hanimourra
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[..YouTube..] @Kisser369 it was a wild ride!

hanimourra
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[..YouTube..] @Kisser369 it was a wild ride!

hanimourra
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[..YouTube..] @Kisser369 it was a wild ride!

hanimourra
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[..YouTube..] @Kisser369 it was a wild ride!

Kisser369
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OMG!!! I thought everyone would die!!:[

Kisser369
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[..YouTube..] OMG!!! I thought everyone would die!!:[

Kisser369
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[..YouTube..] OMG!!! I thought everyone would die!!:[

Kisser369
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[..YouTube..] OMG!!! I thought everyone would die!!:[

mickey mouse
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for anyone who thinks that a rapid is just a fun thing to do let me tell u that u should never defy mother nature…..yesterday I crossed over a class IV rapid in james river VA, did fine with our guide and family when our enlightened guide decided to challenge the rapid and ride over it counter current with the front of the boat so as to have it carry us down again and do a 180 turn when the water filled the boat (mostly front where I was) sucked me out of it and carried me in the hole/hydraulic under where I almost suffocated and barely made it out of the water ( was cyanotic then) ie blue colored due to lack of oxygen…NEVER AGAIN

Hani
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I absolutely agree….it’s a crazy experience, but honestly (after a year) I would do it again 🙂

JG
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Great story. Not to be picky, but a near death experience (NDE) typically is a sensation (real or imagined) of rising above your body for a short period of time. http://www.nderf.org

I’m not saying they are true or not, but thought you’d like the fyi.

Thanks. Glad you made it :0)

Hani
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Thanks John. I didn’t realize there was a specific definition for a near death experience. Thanks for sharing the site…very interesting. For a few seconds, I honestly thought I wasn’t going to make it. Definitely have a new outlook on life now 🙂

hanimourra
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Everyone is very good…all in one piece! 🙂

hanimourra
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[..YouTube..] Everyone is very good…all in one piece! 🙂

hanimourra
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[..YouTube..] Everyone is very good…all in one piece! 🙂

hanimourra
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[..YouTube..] Everyone is very good…all in one piece! 🙂

Khayyaleh92
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OMG Hanni!
Was this Ronny’s idea?
I’m so glad your ok though….
And i bet Lakshmi and Sofia are too!

Khayyaleh92
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[..YouTube..] OMG Hanni!
Was this Ronny’s idea?
I’m so glad your ok though….
And i bet Lakshmi and Sofia are too!

Khayyaleh92
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[..YouTube..] OMG Hanni!
Was this Ronny’s idea?
I’m so glad your ok though….
And i bet Lakshmi and Sofia are too!

Khayyaleh92
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[..YouTube..] OMG Hanni!
Was this Ronny’s idea?
I’m so glad your ok though….
And i bet Lakshmi and Sofia are too!

Khayyaleh92
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[..YouTube..] OMG Hanni!
Was this Ronny’s idea?
I’m so glad your ok though….
And i bet Lakshmi and Sofia are too!

Ron Mourra
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Goosh! Was the craziest near death experience of my life! So exciting and yet scary, a nice blend of the two. Glad we are all alive and ready to conquer my next near death experience.

hanimourra
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Thanks! It was one craaaazy ride. Mark your calendar – Aug 15 is officially “Life Appreciation Day”!

hanimourra
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[..YouTube..] Thanks! It was one craaaazy ride. Mark your calendar – Aug 15 is officially “Life Appreciation Day”!

hanimourra
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[..YouTube..] Thanks! It was one craaaazy ride. Mark your calendar – Aug 15 is officially “Life Appreciation Day”!

hanimourra
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[..YouTube..] Thanks! It was one craaaazy ride. Mark your calendar – Aug 15 is officially “Life Appreciation Day”!

hanimourra
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[..YouTube..] Thanks! It was one craaaazy ride. Mark your calendar – Aug 15 is officially “Life Appreciation Day”!

Khayyaleh92
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[..YouTube..] This is some crazy shit. Glad you still with us.

Khayyaleh92
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[..YouTube..] This is some crazy shit. Glad you still with us.

Khayyaleh92
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[..YouTube..] This is some crazy shit. Glad you still with us.

Khayyaleh92
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[..YouTube..] This is some crazy shit. Glad you still with us.

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