Primrose is a drummer with the Scottish rock band named "Travis".
The following is the news article by
Dotmusic.com which reported on his NDE:
Neil Primrose had a swimming pool accident that almost cost him his life.
Convinced death was near when he saw faces of family and friends flash
before him as he began to drown.
Nov 07, 2003, Reported in Dotmusic.com -- Travis drummer Neil
Primrose has spoken for the first time about the swimming pool accident that
almost cost him his life. The Scottish star, who broke his neck after diving
into to a shallow pool five months ago, says he was convinced death was near
when he saw faces of family and friends flash before him as he began to
He told The Sun: "I must have gone in too steeply because I felt this
almighty crunch in my neck and realized I'd banged my head. From that moment
my life changed. I tried to swim to the surface but couldn't move. I felt
myself sinking. I was in limbo but I stayed composed because I knew there
were people around the pool.
"I attempted to move but my whole body felt floppy and paralyzed. The
seconds ticked and I started to see a tunnel of yellow light appear in front
He continued: "Then, I saw a kind of slide show and there were
hundreds of faces flashing past me of people I knew at school who I hadn't
thought about for years. I saw images of family and friends and I realized I
was coming face-to-face with my death.
"I wouldn't say I was scared but from that moment I started to accept that I
was drowning and this was death - and that my life was flashing before me.
"It sounds clich but it was a near-death experience - and I was prepared to
die. But I thought, 'what a pathetic way to go'. Yet there was nothing I
could do because I was paralyzed.
"Then I suddenly heard a voice in my head which assured me that I was going
to live. I blacked out but someone saw me on the bottom of the pool just in
time and I was pulled out by members of the band and crew. Fortunately, one
of them is a trained nurse. He gave me mouth-to-mouth and pumped the water
out of me."
Neil then underwent a seven-hour operation and surgeons inserted
a two-inch metal plate into his neck. He has been left with a 5-inch scar on
the right side of his throat.
"My drumming is good again," he said, "but perhaps not quite as fast. And I
haven't really slept properly since it happened because of the pain. I was
fit before the accident and that has helped my recovery. I haven't got full
movement in my neck and I have to be careful with quick movements.
"It's a surreal thing to have happened to the band but it's made us
A new track, "Love
Will Come Through," will be available to download from Travis' official
website from November 15. All proceeds will go to the
Spinal Injuries Association.