The word drowning is a common phrase in Australian language, but what exactly is it?
The ABC’s Amanda Leggett spoke to people who say they’ve had to fight their way out of the water after drowning.
“It’s a metaphor for not knowing what’s happening,” one woman told the ABC.
“I’m a bit of a swimmer, I’m a fan of the ocean.
I’m always thinking about how I’m going to get out of this, and I don’t know what I’m about to do.”
“I don’t want to die” Another woman, who also goes by the name of “Kara”, said she had to go out to sea to get help.
“As I was swimming, I started to think about it, and then I thought, I know it’s not going to work, but I know I’m not going crazy,” she said.
“So I went to a friend, I said, ‘I’ve got to do this, I’ve got some people I want to call’, and that’s when I realised that I’m actually going to die.”
“Kina” is an Australian slang word for “death”, but it’s used in other languages as well.
It means a person who is “not alive” and “drowned”.
In the context of the Australian English language, it means “doomed to die”.
“I feel like it’s the perfect metaphor for me,” Ms Leggitt said.
“I think that the words ‘drown’, ‘death’ and ‘swimming’ have been used in a very similar way to me, so I think that’s why I feel the way I do, because I’ve been a fan for a long time of the idea of the ‘death.'”
A drowning lifeboat is seen at sea in the South Pacific.
Photo: Supplied The words ‘death’, ‘swim’, ‘doom’ and the ‘diving’ are all used in Australian English to describe a drowning person.
“There are many, many other words that are used to describe what I feel and feel I’m being held down and there are also many other people that are also drowning and they’re doing the same thing,” Ms Liggett said.
“So it’s kind of like an amalgamation of all those things.”
She said that it wasn’t the first time she had had to cope with drowning, and that she has felt a sense of dread.
“The first time I was in this water, I had a really bad feeling about it,” Ms Kina said.
She said she tried to calm herself down, but felt that it was getting worse.
“[I was] just trying to get the water out of my body, but it just wouldn’t go away, it kept on going and going and I just knew that I was going to drown.”
The Australian Federal Police said that they were aware of the incident and are “monitoring it closely”.
The man, who is not being identified, told ABC News that he had been trying to make it to shore.
When he did, he was pulled out of his lifeboat and “took to the water like a fish”.
“I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t move my head, my eyes were black and there was nothing,” he said.
Mr Kina was taken to a hospital where he was diagnosed with hypothermia and hypoxia.
He was transferred to a specialist hospital, where he received medical treatment.
Mr Kina is currently in the hospital recovering from hypothermic shock.
A spokesperson for the Australian Federal Government said that the Australian Government has “committed to assisting the family of a drowning victim with their grief and other support” and that it is providing assistance to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in the investigation.
This is not the first drowning incident that has happened in the Southern Ocean.
Earlier this year, the Australian Navy found itself in the headlines after a woman who was caught in a life-raft was pulled from the water by her own life raft.
The Navy said that its life rafts have been “outfitted with life-saving devices to allow sailors to safely evacuate from the boat”.
Australian authorities have also been involved in the rescue of other people who have died after being caught in lifeboats in the past.
Last year, an Australian man was rescued from the Pacific Ocean after being in a raft with a man who was in a rescue boat.
But Mr Kinas death is a different story.
His family are still struggling to understand what has happened to him.
While he is not going through a crisis like his brother, Mr Kynas family is not happy with the response of authorities to his death.
ABC News: This is not your typical drowning story”He is not a regular human being