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Edinburgh man stops watches after nearly drowning as a boy



Type of Spiritual Experience


A description of the experience

The Wisdom of Near-Death Experiences – Dr Penny Sartori

The following account was sent in response to a newspaper article.  The gentleman prefers to remain anonymous:

I am writing following the recent newspaper in which you mentioned some features that you are investigating related to NDE. I was most interested in your revelation that NDE subjects seem to have a distorted electrical system because it appears that I have a similar problem that is most obvious in that I cannot wear a wrist watch - and I have never understood why. Your suspicions that it could be related to NDEs has made a connection with NDE that might be of interest to your researches and I have detailed this.

During the 1950s, when my Parents lived in Edinburgh, it was common for us to visit the beaches on the East Coast before continuing to Kirkcaldy, where we would catch a train back to Edinburgh. On one such visit, when I was aged four I was running down the beach to the sea when I was bowled over by a breaker and, as far as I was concerned, drowned. I say 'as far as I know' because I have retained a strong memory of looking down on the scene and seeing a crowd of people around whilst clearly thinking, 'That's me down there,' yet feeling totally dispassionate as I also looked around the bay at Kinghorn where the incident happened.

The next thing I was aware of was water being forced out of my lungs as I began choking and gasping as, presumably, someone had resuscitated me and I regained consciousness.

After that there is little to recall as I was led up the beach and remember little other about the rest of the day, which would have followed the normal mix of activities.

As you can understand, even after 50+ years this event has forged a strong impression in my memory, and although I have always connected this to my abiding fear of water, I had never thought to connect the 'drowning' to my electrical problems.

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items




Science Items

Activities and commonsteps





Being a child