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When the Headlight Disappeared


This is taken from Papa Bear's Tale, a blog interview I did with my husband. It's about a near-death experience that he had when he was in his forties. I thought it was a great wintertime story in it's own right.

"Some friends and I were camping at some sand dunes near here in the winter, and were out riding four-wheeled ATVs.  We headed back to our campsite as it was getting dark. It was cold out - in the 20's, raining and sleeting.  I was wearing insulated coveralls and boots for warmth.  The other riders were more experienced than me. I  was at the rear having a hard time keeping up.  I lost sight of them in the dark, and as I topped a dune and started over, the ATV started sliding down toward a large pool of water at the bottom. I applied the brakes but continued to slide.  The ATV flipped forward into the pool of water, which was about eight feet deep, throwing me over the handlebars.  It landed on top of me pinning me under water at the bottom of the pool. It happened so fast I didn't even have time to hold my breath as I went under.

An ATV weighs over 600 pounds, but some how, by the grace of God, I found the strength to push it off of me so I could rise to the surface.  One of my friends had turned around to come back and find me, and he saw my headlight go over the dune and disappear.  By the time he got there I was clawing my way up the steep bank, soaking wet, and freezing cold. 

I went back down in to the water to right the ATV and my friend and I managed to push it out of the pool and drag it up the slippery bank.  We towed it back to the campsite behind his ATV using my belt for a tow rope. Nearly two hours passed from the time I fell in the water until we arrived back at the campsite.  I was frozen through and shaking uncontrollably.  My friends helped me change into dry clothes, gave me coffee, and warmed me up by the campfire. 

That's the only time I've ever had death staring me in the face; I was lucky to get out of the water alive.  It was not nearly as much fun as skinny dipping when I was a kid!"

More of Papa Bear's Tale can be found here:
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This post is linked up at Two Shoes Tuesday,
where the prompt this week is "light(s)".

12 comments:

  1. Bench pressing a 600 pound ATV very impressive what a person can do with a little adrenoline and death staring at you!

    I prefer an ATM to an ATV.

    great story.

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    1. So true Joe, it should have been impossible, and he is very blessed that he didn't either drown or die of hypothermia before he got to the warm campfire. I'm with you on the ATMS! Big boy toys can be dangerous! ;-)

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  2. Its amazing how the desire to stay alive can push you to limits. good of the friend to come looking for the Papa Bear :)

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    1. The story takes my breath away, Nimue! Yes, thank God for the extra strength and the friend who took the time to care. If he had not come back quickly, Papa Bear would have certainly died of exposure to the cold.

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  3. How terrifying. Great story, though!

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    1. Absolutely terrifying Kristina! Papa Bear says that it happened so quickly he had no time to think before reacting. He was upside down in the water with no air in his lungs, all he could think about was getting the ATV off of him so he could go up for air!

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  4. I suppose each of us encounters near death experiences, some you are aware of some not. I'd like to think that this experience for you was a siren call for you to live longer! I am sure it has been worth it.

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    1. This is very true, Old Egg, I very nearly got run down in a parking lot yesteday by a car that came flying around a corner way too fast and squealed to a stop just inches from where I froze in fear. It could have turned out very bad! Most definitely God had other plans for Papa Bear, and I'm certainly glad of that! :-)

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  5. So very glad Brother John made it out of there okay...and found Josie2Shoes.

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    1. Me too, McGuffy Ann! Just thinking about this experience sends chills up my spine. It could have easily ended in tragedy. God had to help him out of the water so that he could be around to meet me on the Internet! I tell Papa Bear that I am his karma, then I ask him what bad things he's done that I don't know about! ;-)

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  6. I like his story, Josie. Aren't we all glad that he was able to get the machine off him and that his friend returned to the rescue.

    And yes, there is hardly nothing that can beat skinny dipping when you are young. Funny how it, skinny dipping, adapts in style when we grow older.

    Did the ATV ever run again? I lost a motorcycle in a flood because I left the water in it too long. It was restored by a professional after I sold it.
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    1. I asked Papa Bear if the ATV ever ran again, Jim. He said yes they were able to drain and replace the oil and gasoline that had been fouled by the water, and that it is still running today! It belongs to who retired boss.

      Loved your thoughts on skinny dipping... yes, once the age of innocence passes, its an entirely different experience, but still fun! :-)

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