Haunted Swimming Pool?

Dick Turpin

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I’d been meaning to post this on here after recently reading a post, (which I now annoyingly can’t find) about the feeling of human hands on one fortean member, whilst they were swimming in an empty local pool.

I had a near identical experience to this whilst I was holidaying in Corfu in 1995.

One evening whilst most of the Hotels guests were either napping or getting ready to go out for the evening, I noticed that the pool / sun lounge area was almost deserted, feeling a little tired but under pressure to go out that night, I decided to take an arduous swim in the hope it would liven me up a bit.

The pool wasn’t huge but large enough to get some decent lengths of swimming in, and I was halfway through my 3rd or forth length, when I felt a pair of human hands grab my ankle, and tug downwards, then let go. Thinking one of my mates had gotten into the pool without me noticing and playing a prank on me, I spun round expecting to see them, but nope, the pool was completely empty bar me.

A few days later quite early in the morning, I was lying on a sun lounger reading an English newspaper. The pool was empty apart from a young girl taking an early morning dip, when suddenly she let out a scream, I looked up from my paper to see her scrambling to get out of the water, before shouting to her boyfriend (who was sitting at a nearby table ) that someone had tried to drag her under the water.

I listened with interest in what she next said to her BF, in that she felt a pair of hands grab her ankle and pull her down, she was a little upset by the experience and said that she would not be going back into that pool for the duration of the holiday.
 

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I’d been meaning to post this on here after recently reading a post, (which I now annoyingly can’t find) about the feeling of human hands on one fortean member, whilst they were swimming in an empty local pool.

I had a near identical experience to this whilst I was holidaying in Corfu in 1995.

One evening whilst most of the Hotels guests were either napping or getting ready to go out for the evening, I noticed that the pool / sun lounge area was almost deserted, feeling a little tired but under pressure to go out that night, I decided to take an arduous swim in the hope it would liven me up a bit.

The pool wasn’t huge but large enough to get some decent lengths of swimming in, and I was halfway through my 3rd or forth length, when I felt a pair of human hands grab my ankle, and tug downwards, then let go. Thinking one of my mates had gotten into the pool without me noticing and playing a prank on me, I spun round expecting to see them, but nope, the pool was completely empty bar me.

A few days later quite early in the morning, I was lying on a sun lounger reading an English newspaper. The pool was empty apart from a young girl taking an early morning dip, when suddenly she let out a scream, I looked up from my paper to see her scrambling to get out of the water, before shouting to her boyfriend (who was sitting at a nearby table ) that someone had tried to drag her under the water.

I listened with interest in what she next said to her BF, in that she felt a pair of hands grab her ankle and pull her down, she was a little upset by the experience and said that she would not be going back into that pool for the duration of the holiday.
Creepy!
Just a thought - were you in close proximity to a pump inlet?
They can have surprisingly strong suction and there have been fatalities with people getting trapped.
 

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Creepy!
Just a thought - were you in close proximity to a pump inlet?
They can have surprisingly strong suction and there have been fatalities with people getting trapped.
Hi Bless.

The hotels pump did cross my mind, but I was swimming in the centre of the pool, not near the sides, and the sensation was definitely like a pair of hands, as I felt fingers curl round my ankle.

Blimey, thinking back that is creepy isn’t it :oops:
 

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yes and esp. if water of a different temperature ie warmer were involved, i reckon that would have a startling effect
 

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Just did a quick Google for swimming pool drain suction accidents - and it's horrific reading.

Modern pools tend to have a twin-drain system, usually with domed heads, located around the perimeter. Some older pools had just one drain, in the middle, with suction of up to 300 psi. Just read two accounts of people partly disembowled by such systems. Last fatality was a Russian girl, who was trapped by her arm in a pool in Turkey and drowned in August this year.
Sounds like you may have had a lucky escape!
 

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I’d been meaning to post this on here after recently reading a post, (which I now annoyingly can’t find) about the feeling of human hands on one fortean member, whilst they were swimming in an empty local pool.

I had a near identical experience to this whilst I was holidaying in Corfu in 1995.

One evening whilst most of the Hotels guests were either napping or getting ready to go out for the evening, I noticed that the pool / sun lounge area was almost deserted, feeling a little tired but under pressure to go out that night, I decided to take an arduous swim in the hope it would liven me up a bit.

The pool wasn’t huge but large enough to get some decent lengths of swimming in, and I was halfway through my 3rd or forth length, when I felt a pair of human hands grab my ankle, and tug downwards, then let go. Thinking one of my mates had gotten into the pool without me noticing and playing a prank on me, I spun round expecting to see them, but nope, the pool was completely empty bar me.

A few days later quite early in the morning, I was lying on a sun lounger reading an English newspaper. The pool was empty apart from a young girl taking an early morning dip, when suddenly she let out a scream, I looked up from my paper to see her scrambling to get out of the water, before shouting to her boyfriend (who was sitting at a nearby table ) that someone had tried to drag her under the water.

I listened with interest in what she next said to her BF, in that she felt a pair of hands grab her ankle and pull her down, she was a little upset by the experience and said that she would not be going back into that pool for the duration of the holiday.
That’s very frightening. Whilst some kind of pump sounds reasonable, if you felt fingers curling around that discredits that theory in my mind. I tried to do a bit of research to see if there was similar cases but couldn’t really find much. I don’t want to jump to this too quickly but perhaps some sort of spirit?
 

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if you felt fingers curling around that discredits that theory in my mind.
think about driving in a car at speed with your hand out of the window, cupping the air, it almost feels like you are holding something made of flesh, because the air is more viscous the faster you travel through it ... now apply that to the even more viscous water, and individual jets of warm water pumped into the pool, i can imagine that giving the impression of something living wrapping around your limb
 

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think about driving in a car at speed with your hand out of the window, cupping the air, it almost feels like you are holding something made of flesh, because the air is more viscous the faster you travel through it ... now apply that to the even more viscous water, and individual jets of warm water pumped into the pool, i can imagine that giving the impression of something living wrapping around your limb
That’s reasonable actually. Just more fun to imagine it was a watery ghost xD I can’t really imagine any other explanation apart from the water jets or suction thing.
 

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Just did a quick Google for swimming pool drain suction accidents - and it's horrific reading.

Modern pools tend to have a twin-drain system, usually with domed heads, located around the perimeter. Some older pools had just one drain, in the middle, with suction of up to 300 psi. Just read two accounts of people partly disembowled by such systems. Last fatality was a Russian girl, who was trapped by her arm in a pool in Turkey and drowned in August this year.
Sounds like you may have had a lucky escape!
This reminded me of - and I didn't want to be reminded of it - of an early gross out short story by Chuck Palanhuick (he of `Fight Club` fame). In it a young man derives pleasure from sitting atop a pools sunction pump in a pool...and, well...with somewhat disturbing and graphically described results!

According to legend (probably instigated by the author) the tale is so harrowing that it caused members of audiences to faint when he read it out loud at Meet the Author type events.

I survived reading it, but it's pretty nauseating - and its disturbing to see that it has some basis in truth after all!
 

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This reminded me of - and I didn't want to be reminded of it - of an early gross out short story by Chuck Palanhuick (he of `Fight Club` fame). In it a young man derives pleasure from sitting atop a pools sunction pump in a pool...and, well...with somewhat disturbing and graphically described results!

According to legend (probably instigated by the author) the tale is so harrowing that it caused members of audiences to faint when he read it out loud at Meet the Author type events.

I survived reading it, but it's pretty nauseating - and its disturbing to see that it has some basis in truth after all!
That doesn’t surprise me, I read Palanhuick’s “Damned” and that had some pretty gross and vividly described scenes.
 

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I was once told, by the daughter of a Japanese Buddhist Priest, that there are certain times of year that you shouldn't go swimming because the hungry ghosts will pull you under.
Do buddhist priests have daughters?
 

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This reminded me of - and I didn't want to be reminded of it - of an early gross out short story by Chuck Palanhuick (he of `Fight Club` fame). In it a young man derives pleasure from sitting atop a pools sunction pump in a pool...and, well...with somewhat disturbing and graphically described results!

According to legend (probably instigated by the author) the tale is so harrowing that it caused members of audiences to faint when he read it out loud at Meet the Author type events.

I survived reading it, but it's pretty nauseating - and its disturbing to see that it has some basis in truth after all!
Ive read that book and all of the tales from the assembled cast are pretty nausiating, damn good author though
 
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