Posted by Carl S on 8:08:10 3/10/2010 from 22.214.171.124:
In reply to: Re: Bullet vs dunk tank posted by Pete on 17:16:38 3/9/2010 from 126.96.36.199:
Sorry for the lengyhy post, but this is a quote from Bruce Daley - a CPR'd victim of drowning:
"With scarcely time to think I pulled down the life-belts and, throwing two to my companions, tied the third on myself and bolted for the companionway. There was no time to spare for studying humanity at this juncture, but I can never forget the apparent want of initiative in all I passed. All the passengers seemed paralyzed even my companions, some of them able military men. The stewards of the ship, uttering cries of despair and last farewells, blocked the entrance to the deck, and it was only by sheer force I was able to squeeze past them. Getting out on deck, a perfect mountain of water seemed to come from overhead as well as from below, and dashed me against the bridge companionway. The ship was going down rapidly, and I was pulled down with her, struggling to extricate myself.
I got clear under water and immediately struck out to reach the surface, only to go farther down. This exertion was a serious waste of breath, and after ten or fifteen seconds the effort of inspiration could no longer be restrained. It seemed as if I was in a vice which was gradually being screwed up tight until it felt as if the sternum and spinal column must break. Many years ago my old teacher used to describe how painless and easy a death by drowning was - "like falling about in a green field in early summer" - an this flashed across my brain at the time. The "gulping" efforts became less frequent, and the pressure seems unbearable, but gradually the pain seemed to ease up. I appeared to be in a pleasant dream, although I had enough will power to think of friends a home and the sight of the Grampians, familiar to me as boy, that was brought into view. Before losing consciousness the chest pain completely disappeared and the sensation was actually pleasant."
So I don't exactly know how bad it is. Other encounters I've read say you dont feel any pain (Bruce happened to go down pretty deep - He probably felt the weight of the water on his chest). Other's claim you hold your breath for as long as you can, take one big gulp of water and it's dream-time until you go unconcious. I will continue to drown them, it seems very humane to me.
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