I was waterboarded, except for the board
By this I mean, I actually thought I was drowning. I was closer to it than most waterboardees are, because I was in danger.
What happened is this: I was a kid, about 8 years old and learning to dive. Showing off, actually. I dived into about 8 feet of water, went straight to the bottom, moved my arms to my sides, and clunked my head on the bottom of the pool. Of course, I opened my mouth to take a deep breath so I could howl, and breathed in, oh, about half a swimming pool of chlorinated water.
I was in much worse shape than those terrorist suspects.
However, my father, noticing that I had failed to surface, after a decent interval dived into the water and fished me out.
All that was missing was the board. Still, I can claim to have survived this horrendous experience without physical or mental harm. Except that I do not like to dive to this day.
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