You think you"ve reached the bottom? You can always sink lower
Funny dream... my feet felt really wet. Heart pounding, I opened my eyes and jumped up "What the Fuck!?" I jumped to the small window of the cabin and looked out. Breathing heavily, I rushed to my friends, who had also just woken up in shock, to show them what I had seen. "It was obvious that something like this would happen," Anne exclaimed with a shocked expression as she looked at the wet, sloping bottom of our boat. "Oh man, HAHAHHAH" Diana laughed. I would have loved to laugh with her but, frankly, I was terrified and could hardly move. Trembling, I reached for the boat"s radio. "Help SOS, we are sinking, does somebody copy?” - No answer... "Shit" we all three screamed as if from one mouth.
Hopelessly, I leaned over the railing. "I see land... there"s a rocky island over there about four miles north. The yacht must have hit something." A few minutes later, Diana had put her wetsuit and her diving glasses on. "Where are the oxygen tanks?" Diana asked while rummaging through the bag of diving gear. "They are usually kept in the cupboard next to the kitchen. Let"s have a look there," Anne shouted. Through the ankle-deep water, Diana made her way. Soaked, she opened the tall cupboard, but the places for the oxygon tanks were empty. But the desire to know what we were up against made me curious and I shared my plan with the others. Full of adrenaline, I put on my wetsuit and while I was about to jump into the water, Diana suddenly held me back. She handed me a long rope and tied it around my waist. "As a safety measure, so that you don"t drift away in the currents," she told me. I love that Diana is always thinking one step ahead and has good ideas.
I took a deep breath and jumped into the refreshing water. At a depth of about three metres, I looked around in amazement and switched on my headlamp. Finally, I discovered what we had run into. It was a gigantically huge rock. Amazed, I swam around the rock and discovered a large dark hole. This had to be an underwater cave. I gathered all my courage and swam into the cave. Coldness enveloped me as I dived in. Suddenly a chaos of thoughts overwhelmed me. The dark narrow cave made me panic. In time, I ran out of breath. I panicked and tried to find my way back out by pulling on the rope. But the cold had frozen my hands and leg. Slowly I was losing consciousness. In the meantime, I could no longer estimate how long I had been under water. Hard to see, I saw someone or something approaching the cave.
Sirens and engines roar in my ears. Coughing, I open my eyes. I gasp for air. I find myself at the rescue station. Never have I been so relieved and exhausted. I am safe.
written by Anja, Laura and Kristina, year 10, December 2021