In my life the closest thing i got to a "near death" experience is when i was in the lake in Ubolrat just laying on top of that floating thingo....like a big rubber wheel they rent out to people swimming. So laying there all relaxed i didn't notice that the lake had me drift quite far away from land, i heard my family waving at me like crazy. I was a bit confused at the time not knowing my situation so I jumped off the wheel, thinking I'd catch it with my hand but it just drifted away from me very quickly and then realized how i far i was from land, how deep it was and how hard it would be to swim back. Naturally I didn't panic or anything I immediately thought of 2 ways to get on land, swim back going against the drift or let myself float to the other side (Which was quite far off), i went with swimming back which i found quite a challenge.
Luckily, my mom had already signaled the nearby fishing boats which immediately rushed to my aid. Of course, if there were no fishing boats who knows what could have happen. Lucky for me my father is from Europe and have made sure i had proper training in swimming and floating so I probably would have survived either way, still a scary experience at the time. Since i was like 13.
Anyways, didnt mean to hi-jack your thread Isaan, just thought I'd add my story. Keep the discussions going!
And it reminded me of something that happened to me...(ok I did to myself).
Anyways, when I was about thirteen I was in a small pond in the Okanagan region of British Columbia, Canada (exceedingly beautiful) and was standing on a submerged and very "springy" log.
Basically I attempted to backflip off it...and just as I was 3/4's of the way through my backflip...the submerged log, sans my weight, came up and cracked me in the back of my head...HARD.
It was almost lights out and...in such a case...
I guess that's not as interesting as the time I almost got shot with a sawed off shotgun...but I don't want to bore anyone.