An Encounter with the Deep Blue

Topics: Ocean, The Cruel Sea, Water Pages: 4 (1316 words) Published: April 13, 2013
The radio crackled as the distant voice spluttered and died. Now we felt completely alone…

The radio crackled as the distant voice spluttered and died. Now we felt completely alone, trapped in semi darkness with cold angry waves crashing over us. Crazy thoughts kept speeding through my head, were we going to die? Were there sharks in the water? But surely there must be others like us out here? There was complete silence other than the sound of the cruel sea crashing into the side of our boat and drenching us with salty, seawater. The only thing in sight as far as I could grasp was an endless carpet of dark undulating water and just our lonely boat floating in the middle of nowhere, we were easily more than 1000 miles from the nearest land. My tummy felt tight and knotted and my mouth was as dry as sandpaper faced with the danger of being dragged down with the boat into that terrifying dark depth of sea. I felt as if I was caught in a nightmare, as I focused on calming both my thoughts and my breathing, my thoughts drifted back to how the day had started.

I had leapt out of bed with uncontrollable excitement as it was going to be my first snorkeling trip that day. Even though I was a little tired from the journey to Redang and the late evening the previous night I shrugged away any thoughts of being lazy and replaced them with wonderful images about swimming with free, colourful fish in the sea. After breakfast we made our way to the beach where an increasing number of people started to crowd around the area where the boat was scheduled to arrive.

Within a short space of time as we traveled across the sea, the shore started shrinking until it looked like a fine, white line dividing the sea and the sky. Finally we reached a remote beach in the middle of a turquoise patch of glistening water. At first I felt a little intimidated but the crystal blue open sea was very inviting. I nervously inched my way down the steps of the boat into the sea. Hesitatingly...
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