Kish|کیش


Story by: Laleh Chini

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Kish is a beautiful island with attractive cliffs and beaches in the Persian Gulf that is a part of Iran. Around 30 years ago, the Iranian government decided to invest there and build grand Malls, hotels, and parks and transformed it into a tourist attraction. Many people from Iran started visiting. Nowadays, Kish has grown even more with amusement parks and attractions.

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Around 20 years ago on a Spring day, as I was in Iran with my husband and 8-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter, we decided to drive from Shiraz with my mother to the south of Iran and then get a passenger ship to visit Kish.

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It was a long beautiful road trip and after two days we got to the closest port to Kish. There was a Harborfront for small, classy passenger ships with services that were exactly like airplanes.

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When we got to the ticket office they said it was sold out for the day and that there wouldn’t be any other ship until the next day. We were disappointed and really wanted to see Kish now that we had driven such a long distance.

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There were some men walking around and whispering in people’s ear. We got curious so my husband got closer and found out that these local fishermen were taking passengers to Kish on their simple motorboats for a reasonable price. Of course, it wasn’t illegal, but it also wasn’t classy at all. They said they will take us to Kish in just an hour and a half when those ships took three hours!

We all looked at each other and decided to go.

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My husband paid the amount and all of us went to the small boat without any life jackets. There were a few more people going to Kish along with us.

The Persian Gulf was beautiful as always and when we got further from shore, the deepwater became navy and phenomenal. All of a sudden, the clouds got closer and darker, and the Persian Gulf got angry.

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The waves got higher and the little boat with us in it went up and dropped back down. I was holding onto my daughter so tight to prevent her from going up into the sky. My husband was holding our son between his legs so tight as if he was crushing his bones, but it was better than losing him into the scary, dark blue water.

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My mother was praying and holding her arms around us and it seemed like she wished for longer arms. We were all soaked in water and were shivering and frightened. My husband yelled at the fisherman asking why he would take us when he knew there would be a storm. The fisherman didn’t really care. He just drove his boat as fast as he could. That was one of the longest hours and a half of our lives.

We all got to the shore of Kish safely and when we got there they announced that two of the 12 boats had sunk and they couldn’t find their bodies!

 

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108 comments

  1. You are blessed with life.. ! You all ar3 blessed

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  2. Gosh, what a scary trip. Which boat brought you back?

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  3. Oh my God what a bitter memory that I would never forget. it was one of the biggest mistake that I made in my life but thank God we got to the shore safely.

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  4. Thank you for sharing your adventure and glad your family come through ok!… perhaps the fishermen were more interested in wealth than they were doing the right thing… 🙂 things can happen on seemingly “safe” boats also….. 🙂
    While I am not into religion personally, I have heard this saying many times; “God promised you a safe landing, he did not say the journey would be a smooth one”… 🙂

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  5. Such moments of experience are always the longest moments of ones life. Am glad its what we can now joke about ✌🌸

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  6. You have lived such an interesting life, Laleh! And guess what? The best is yet to come! 🙂

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  7. It’s beautiful scenery, but what a frightening experience! I’m glad you made it safely, and I’m sorry for the other’s families that lost loved ones.

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  8. It sounds like you were being watched over on that day! Take care!

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  9. What a terrifying ordeal! The god of the sea was surely with you all.

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  10. Wow, Laleh!! You and your family were protected from harm! Sounds like it was a blessing that you were not able to ride the other boats! You and your family must have been saved for a very special purpose! Thank you for sharing such an amazing story, and I am so pleased that you were all delivered safely to your destination! ❤️ ~Anita

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  11. I really enjoyed reading this. It’s always sobering to realise how quickly fun can turn to an awful experience, but I always think it reinforces the ideal to live authentically and happily too.

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  12. Omg. This is sheer horror. I am so happy your family came out untouched. God bless. Your stories real or otherwise are always hair-raising❤️

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  13. Thank God .
    Horrifying moments . Felt your scary time in the ocean.
    😵😱

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  14. This woudl have been a truly terrifying experience. But , as my Mother used to say, your time was not up. You all survived. I am glad you did.

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  15. I grow up on the water and have been in those situations they really make you think about things, I’m glad things worked out well for you and your family Laleh.

    ❤️✌️
    BY FOR NOW

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  16. What a scary experience! How horrible that so many perished, but I’m glad your family made it to safety.

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  17. What a sad ending for the one that started as a beautiful adventure,but in the misventure I am sure your family grew closer and you all feel blessed with the gift of life.❤️

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  18. God truly were with you all in the midst of the storm. He’s always with us guiding and protecting us from all hail and dangers! What a scary experience! You truly have a lot to thank God for, your stories always teach me a lesson all the time. Each one of them really touches my heart. God bless and much love! ❤

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  19. Thankfully His Grace saved you all from any harm…

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  20. Grateful for the happy ending! I was holding my breath!
    Thank you for sharing ❤️❤️

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  21. It was a scary experience but I’m truly glad you came back safe!

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  22. Never trsut the sea. Happy to hear that you were safe

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  23. Very scary and very relatable to how so many refugees risk their lives seeking freedom and a new life … you were only going on a holiday!

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  24. Without life jackets. Wow. Something I never would have done; not brave enough.

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  25. That would have been terrifying. My friends call me Mr. Safety, so I don’t think I could have gone without the lifejackets — actually, I would have had a hard time climbing into a small boat to go out to sea because I always worry about the worst outcomes. Thankfully, you were in the right boat!

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  26. Wow! So glad you survived the storm.

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  27. Another remarkable story, a God Moment indeed! It was your time, God had bigger plans; for your family, and your heart!

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  28. What a wonderful story with a sad end for the passengers of the two boats, but an happy end for you. You all are really blessed. Needless to write that such experiences – also in a boat like told in so many ancient stories – brings us nearer to the faith. Thank you, Laleh! Have a great week. Michael

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  29. Such a scary tale, you must have been beside yourself with fear. As the passengers on the other 12 boats found out, water can be unforgiving. The photos tell the story beautifully in light and in darkness. You were lucky. In love and light Cheryle

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  30. What a horrible boat trip! And what a lucky one at last…

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  31. This was so nerve-wracking! The weather can change so quickly…thank God you all made it safely. I was hoping for one of those storybook endings when everyone’s okay in the end, but unfortunately life doesn’t always work that way. I hope those who didn’t make it are blessed and at peace. Thank you for sharing these moving stories. They’re a delight to read, even when they’re sad.

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  32. A woman from where you have so many phenomenal adventures. What you survived is yours. There are so many magical events as with a ninja who did not want to pose for photos, because it was associated with death. And she died. I think about it to this day. And now a close encounter with the creator and still with children. The greatest treasures. Bravo for a fisherman. And Providence watches over you from birth. Happy woman !!

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  33. Mooi verhaal.Jullie hadden een beschermengel mee aan boord

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  34. What a terrifying experience this must have been. A “duck” boat recently sank in a storm in the US, as well. Seventeen tourists were killed.

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  35. that was so scary especially when the kids are with you.

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  36. Jullie hadden een goede beschermengel

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  37. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    ONE IS GLAD WHEN ADVENTURE IS SURVIVABLE! ONE GRIEVES FOR THOSE WHO WERE LOST!

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