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Darnisha Taylor: Rescued From the Deep

Darnisha was declared dead after a diving accident. What happened next was amazing. Read Transcript


HAWAII, THE BAHAMAS, THE

VIRGIN ISLANDS, THESE ARE

JUST A FEW OF THE EXOTIC

LOCATIONS WHERE THEY HAVE

SCUBA DIVED.

IN THE WATERS OF CRYSTAL

LAKE, MICHIGAN, DEATH LURKED

UNDER WATER.

WE GOT PREPARED, PUT ON

OUR GEAR, AND WE STARTED

WADING OUT INTO THE WATER.

WHAT YOU DO IS, YOU GET TO A

LEDGE.

AT THE LEDGE, IT DROPS DOWN

50 FEET.

Reporter: SCOTT AND

DARNISHA EXPLORED THE BOTTOM

OF THE LAKE FOR 30 MINUTES.

THE LEDGE IS YOUR

MARKER.

IF YOU STAY ON THE LEDGE,

YOU'RE ALWAYS IN THE RIGHT

PLACE, BASICALLY.

BUT THIS DAY WE LOST TRACK

OF THE LEDGE.

AND SO MY HUSBAND LOOKS AT

MY -- TURNS AROUND TO ME,

AND LOOKS A AT THE COMPASS

TO TRY TO GET A BEARING, AND

SEES THAT MY EQUIPMENT IS

NOT WORKING.

I'VE GOT BUBBLES COMING

OUT.

WHEN I SAW THE CONSTANT

STREAM OF AIR BUBBLES COMING

OFF HER AIR HOLES -- NOT HER

BREATHING AIR HOSE, BUT THE

HOSE THAT CONNECTS TO HER

B.C., OR BUOYANTCY VEST.

HE GESTURED TO ME TO GO

TO THE SURFACE SO I COULD

FIX MY COUP LER ANLER.

I WAS TRYING TO FIX THE

COUPLER, AND IT WOULD NOT

REATTACH.

IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT

SCUBADIVING, YOU KNOW YOU

ADD EXTRA WEIGHT IN ORDER TO

BE ABLE TO STAY ON THE

BOTTOM.

I WAS CARRYING AT LEAST,

PROBABLY 50 TO 70 EXTRA

POUNDS OF WEIGHT.

AND I WAS FIGHTING AGAINST

THAT TO STAY ON TOP OF THE

WATER.

AT THAT TIME, I TRIED TO

START A CLOCK IN MY MIND TO

KNOW THAT SHE IS GOING TO DO

A SAFETY STOP, WHICH IS

BETWEEN THREE AND FIVE

MINUTES, WHICH IS STANDARD

IN DIVING.

AND THEN SHE'S GOING TO BE

ON THE SURFACE AND CLASP IT

AND THEN HEAD BACK DOWN.

I'M TRYING TO RUN THESE

NUMBERS IN MY HEAD BECAUSE I

KNOW IF IT GOES BEYOND THIS,

THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG.

WE NEED TO CALL OFF THE

DIVE.

I WAS STARTING TO GET

WINDED AND TIRED.

I THOUGHT, WELL, BEFORE I

RUN OUT OF AIR, LET ME FILL

UP MY B.C. MANUALLY, WHICH

IS REALLY THE FIRST THING

YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO DO.

SO I WENT TO DEPRESS THE

VALVE TO FILL IT UP, AND NO

AIR WOULD GO IN.

I WAS LIKE, OKAY, THIS IS

NOT GOING TO WORK.

I STARTED TO REALLY FEEL I'M

IN TROUBLE.

I STARTED PRAYING, GOD,

PLEASE SEND MY HUSBAND TO

THE SURFACE.

PLEASE LET HIM KNOW I NEED

HELP.

Reporter: DARNISHA

STRUGGLED FOR SEVERAL MORE

MINUTES.

SHE HAD NO MORE STRENGTH TO

STAY AFLOAT.

I REMEMBER ONE OF MY

FINAL PRAYERS TO THE LORD

SAYING, OKAY, FATHER, IF

THIS IS YOUR WILL, I'M GOING

TO TRUST YOU TO TAKE CARE OF

EVERYTHING THAT NEEDS TO BE

TAKEN CARE OF.

THAT WAS THE MOMENT I SHUT

MY EYES.

I SAID, OKAY, LORD, JUST

HELP ME TO SWIM STRAIGHT.

AND THAT'S WHEN I DRIFTED

OFF INTO ETERNITY.

I GOT UP TO THE SURFACE

BUT WAS KIND OF SURPRISED

WHEN AS I WENT UP, THAT I --

THAT, YOU KNOW, SHE WAS NOT

AROUND OR NOT HANGING ON THE

LINE.

I DID A 360 A COUPLE OF

TIMES, LOOKING AROUND.

SO I STARTED LOOKING FOR AIR

BUBBLES ON THE SURFACE.

I WOKE UP ON MY KNEES IN

THIS PLACE THAT WAS -- THE

ONLY WAY THAT I CAN DESCRIBE

IT IS IT WAS A ROOM, BUT IT

HAD NO WALLS.

IT WAS JUST A WIDE, OPEN,

BRIGHT SPACE THAT WAS SO

PEACEFUL.

IT WAS VERY PURE.

IN THE DISTANCE I COULD TELL

THERE WAS THIS GREAT

DESTINATION, THIS GATEWAY,

THIS PLACE THAT PEOPLE WERE

ENTERING INTO.

I REMEMBER FEELING LIKE I

WAS HOME, EVEN THOUGH IT

DIDN'T NECESSARILY LOOK LIKE

MY HOUSE.

IT WAS A PLACE THAT I KNEW I

WAS WELCOMED.

Reporter: DARNISHA SAW

OTHER PEOPLE IN HER VISION,

AND ONE OF THEM IN

PARTICULAR GOT HER

ATTENTION.

WE DIDN'T TALK, THOUGH,

BUT WE COMMUNICATED.

AND IT WAS AS IF SHE WAS

ASKING ME, ARE YOU COMING?

AND I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO

SAY.

THE ANXIETY STARTED

INCREASING THERE A LITTLE

BIT MORE.

I STARTED DOING A SPIN.

I STARTED YELLING, YELLING

HER NAME OUT.

Reporter: SCOTT FINALLY

SAW HIS WIFE.

SHE WAS YOU 200 YARDS AWAY.

HE SWAM TOWARDS HER.

I KEPT POPPING BACK UP TO

THE SURFACE TO ADJUST MY

BEARINGS, TO MAKE SURE I WAS

SWIMMING IN THAT DIRECTION.

Reporter: BY THE TIME

SCOTT REACHED DARNISHA, SHE

WAS SINKING TO THE BOTTOM OF

THE LAKE.

EVERYTHING WENT BLACK.

AND I STARTED REACTING LIKE,

WHAT JUST HAPPENED.

I'M HOME.

WHY ARE THEY BOTHERING ME?

AND THAT WAS THE MOMENT THAT

I REMEMBERED WHAT HAPPENED

WITH THE ACCIDENT, AND THAT

I HAD DROWNED.

BEFORE THAT, IN THIS

PEACEFUL PLACE, I DIDN'T

REMEMBER ANY OF THAT.

I REMEMBERED HAVING TO TALK

TO MYSELF AND SAYING, OKAY,

I HAVE A DECISION TO MAKE.

AND I REMEMBER ACTUALLY

HAVING TO SPECIFICALLY MAKE

THE DECISION: DO I STAY OR

DO I COME BACK?

I HEARD CLEARLY, YOU NEED TO

RELAX AND LET HIM BRING YOU

BACK.

AND I SAID OKAY.

AND I INHALED, ALLOWED THE

PROCESS.

AN ABSOLUTE MIRACLE THAT

I EVEN FOUND HER IN THAT

LAKE.

SO I HAD HER -- MY ARM

AROUND HER, AROUND HER BACK,

AND JUST POUNDING AS HARD AS

I COULD ON HER CHEST AND

BREATHED INTO HER MOUTH.

AND THAT FIRST BREATH

JUST -- THE FIRST AIR COMING

BACK OUT OF HER LUNGS WASN'T

HER BREATHING YET.

IT WAS JUST HORRIFYING

BECAUSE ALL I COULD HEAR WAS

THE WATER GURGLING IN HER

LUNGS.

Reporter: SCOTT SPOTTED

A BOAT AND HE SCREAMED FOR

HELP.

AS SOON AS THE BOAT CUT

ITS ENGINES, THE FIRST THING

I HEARD WAS PRAYERS OF ALL

THREE PEOPLE ON THE BOAT,

PRAYING AND CRYING OUT TO

JESUS FOR HELP.

AS SOON AS WE GOT HER UP,

SHE COUGHED UP ALL OF THE

WATER OUT OF HER LUNGS AND

STARTED BREATHING.

Reporter: SCOTT AND

DARNISHA WERE TAKEN TO

SHORE.

HE DROVE HER TO THE NEAREST

HOSPITAL, 45 MINUTES AWAY.

AFTER M.R.I. TESTS AND

X-RAYS, DARNISHA WAS TREATED

AND RELEASED THE SAME DAY.

THE REPORT THAT THE

DOCTOR GAVE BACK WAS IT

LOOKS REALLY GREAT.

IT DOESN'T EVEN HARDLY LOOK

LIKE SHE HAD THIS TYPE OF AN

ACCIDENT.

THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE

GOD HAD BEHIND THE SCENES,

THAT WERE WORKING FOR OUR

BENEFIT AND FOR OUR GOOD.

HE DOES NOT EXPECT THAT

OUR WILLPOWER WILL GET US

THROUGH DIFFICULT

CIRCUMSTANCES.

THAT HE UNDERSTANDS THAT

THERE IS A PROCESS, THAT

THERE ARE EMOTIONAL THINGS

THAT WE'LL HAVE TO WALK

THROUGH, THAT THERE ARE

CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WE DIDN'T

FORESEE.

HE IS STILL MORE THAN

CAPABLE OF GIVING US GRACE

TO BE ABLE TO GET ON TO THE

OTHER SIDE.

IT IS ABOUT WHATEVER IS

DEALT TO YOU, THAT YOU ARE

ABLE TO WALK THROUGH IT WITH

THE LOVE AND THE GRACE OF

GOD.

AND HE WILL GIVE YOU WHAT

YOU NEED IN ORDER TO MAKE

IT.

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