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Near-death experience gives Naomi Osaka perspective

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And that was a near death experience?????

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NAOMI escaped near death situation because she was born on the auspicious day 9th of Indian calendar .

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She is so shaky.

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I had a similar close call with a paddleboard due to my inexperience I took it out in high waves and got turned over in a big wave and the leash came off my foot because the weight of the board was too much. I stay away from those things now except in very calm waters.

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I don't know, sounds terrifying to me. Did they get rescued or did they have to swim back to shore? I've heard the same thing can happen with the currents running between the Hawaiian islands.

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Pretty shady without personnel looking after her well being and welfare?! Bet the coastline is going to be a better deal for her from now on. Glad to learn she is safe and sound and pray this never happens again.

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Naomi, if you can't swim, maybe don't go in the ocean?

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For those of you making jokes about this:

https://www.foxnews.com/world/texas-tourists-drown-turks-and-caicos

I dare say if she didn't have that paddleboard, we'd be reading far more grim headline. It can happen to the strongest swimmer.

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Two words, life jackets!

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You'd have thought that living next to the Sea she'd be a bit more familiar with Rip tides, or that her Parents would have been.

I agree this isn't a near Death situation, but more like a Life threatening situation or Dangerous situation. So, how was she recovered ? Jet Ski / Motor boat, dashing young (Hasselhoff like) brave life guard swimming out to pull her back ?

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I still don't understand how some people don't know how to swim. On the day my kindergarten classmates and I went to the public pool to be taught how to swim, I just got in the pool and started swimming around. I actually didn't know that people have to learn to swim. So, I spent a couple hours enjoying swimming unaided while my classmates were flailing around wearing waterwings, which I have never worn. The teachers just assumed my parents had taught me. They hadn't.

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That is not a "near-death experience." "Near-tragic paddle-boarding incident" is more accurate.

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And that was a near death experience?????

When you can't swim? Yes. Even having a boat almost tip over is a near death experience.

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And that was a near death experience?????

It reminds me of Sir Walter Raleigh and the "I was nearly eaten by a shark" anecdote he tells Queenie in probably the best ever Blackadder episode. It's that one or the "Ploppy" one where they become the executioner at the Tower of London.

The odd sportsperson is a good storyteller, but most of them aren't and they don't need to be. Their sporting prowess is sufficient for us to admire. Here's wishing Naomi a successful 2020.

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A bit melodramatic there.

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@darknuts

Dictionary definition of "near-death experience" or "NDE": a sensation or vision, as of the afterlife, reported by a person who has come close to death. Abbreviation:nde, NDE It is a term now that is used even in the medical field, since NDEs have become much more common with the advancements of treating cardiac arrest.

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@hooktrunk2

For those of you making jokes about this:

Nobody was.

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I still don't understand how some people don't know how to swim. On the day my kindergarten classmates and I went to the public pool to be taught how to swim, I just got in the pool and started swimming around. I actually didn't know that people have to learn to swim. So, I spent a couple hours enjoying swimming unaided while my classmates were flailing around wearing waterwings, which I have never worn. The teachers just assumed my parents had taught me. They hadn't.

Good on you, N30. You're a natural swimmer. Some people play instruments by ear without lessons. That doesn't make them superior to others who "flail around wearing water wings or have to practice a sh*t ton of scales before they can twinkle a little star.

For those quibbling over the "near death experience" statement, perhaps bear in mind that she may have meant that in her attempt to have some fun instead of grinding at training for a change, she got into a situation where she could have died. How close to death she actually was isn't relevant. Even though the term NDE is defined differently, it's also used casually in various contexts. For example: I died laughing. Context is everything.

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Even champion swimmers have died. The sea is like a dangerous animal, it can turn at any moment

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"Two words, life jackets!"

'Lifejacket' is only one word.

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3RENSHO - "Two words, life jackets!"

'Lifejacket' is only one word.

Not according to the Cambridge dictionary.

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/life-jacket

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/spellcheck/english/?q=lifejacket

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@N30N0M3N 

For those of you making jokes about this:

Nobody was.

Yeah they were, and their posts got removed by the moderator.

I still don't understand how some people don't know how to swim. 

She was caught in a rip tide it sounds like which sweeps you out to sea. The natural reaction is to swim back to sea, against the very strong current, which in no time at all will tire the strongest swimmer. Do YOU, N30N0M3N, know how to get out of that situation?

Answer: Swim perpendicular to the current, or in this case, parallel to the coast, until you are out of the current. You WILL die if you fight it, thus the "near death" comment she made. I am sure she felt the her life was threatened.

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@darknuts

Dictionary definition of "near-death experience" or "NDE": a sensation or vision, as of the afterlife, reported by a person who has come close to death. Abbreviation:nde, NDE It is a term now that is used even in the medical field, since NDEs have become much more common with the advancements of treating cardiac arrest.

That was the dictionary definition of NDE. There is also a colloquial definition which means any situation where you think you might die.

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Life is a precious gift.

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I thought that this was going to be one of those stories where she's physically laying down on an operating table but spiritually floating around near the upper corner of the room watching everything as the surgeons are trying to bring her back to life. A story as told to me by one of my students.

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Even when people know how to swim, doesn't mean they're all strong swimmers.

People gotta remember that the waves go both ways - part of the water pushes into the beach, but that water also then has to go back to the sea (riptide).

People panic when they see that they're getting farther and farther from the beach.

Don't panic; don't fight it; just go parallel to the beach until ya hit that part of the waves that pushes the water to the beach. Remember it goes both ways - part of the water drags ya away, but part of the water also pushes ya back in. Just gotta get to that part of the water that pushes ya back in to the beach.

It's like a circular motion. Use the waves to help ya

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Near death? Methinks not. Near exaggeration? Not that either, it's an extreme exaggeration. Given her perspective? I doubt it... is she hiring her old coach back?

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If this were in America she could get on afternoon TV with a juiced-up story, write a stupid book about 'meeting angels' or a 'UFO experience' and give 'motivational lectures' on all this and make a zillion bucks.

Girl, if you want to rip off a bunch of suckers then America awaits you!

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