Skip to comments.'Shock and agony': Dangerous airlift rescue for injured explorer Bear Grylls after Antarctic fall
Posted on 12/06/2008 3:24:21 PM PST by BGHater
Daredevil SAS man-turned-explorer Bear Grylls was being airlifted to South Africa last night after being badly injured filming a TV documentary in Antarctica.
The 34-year-old adventurer broke his shoulder in a life-threatening fall and was said to be in shock and agony from a serious fracture which left the bone protruding from his body.
The accident happened at 11pm British time on Friday, and Bears insurance company arranged for his evacuation by air ambulance for urgent medical treatment, at an estimated cost of £60,000.
Daredevil: Bear Grylls broke his shoulder
Bear was injured during the making of his latest daredevil documentary, a bid to scale an unnamed mountain after travelling across the Antarctic on jet-skis, a wind-powered kite-ski and an electric-powered para-glider. The aim of the expedition was to promote alternative energy and bioethanol as a source of power, as well as raising funds for the childrens charity Global Angels.
If successful, Bear and his team of four had planned to name the 9,000ft peak. But it is uncertain if the bid will now be possible, though Bear is reportedly determined to return to Antarctica.
The airlift operation itself was fraught with danger as it meant flying into hostile conditions with temperatures plummeting to -35C and a landscape of 1,000ft ice cliffs with 700 miles of high altitude plateau.
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Looks like the helicopter MEDI VAC consumed any energy he might have been saving.
I liked the series he did on going through part of the French Foreign Legion basic training.
If he wanted to maintain his ‘green’ integrity, he’d have insisted on returning on a sailboat.
Yea, and having all medical treatment done with only “green” electricity!!
I broke my left humerus near my elbow a couple of months ago. I can imagine the pain and terror he must have felt since he was in such a hostile environment and he had a compound fracture. God bless him on a speedy recovery.
—when he did the South Dakota portion of his “wild” adventures, it appeared that he was maybe a quarter to half-mile off the highway near Custer-—
Nothing like putting others in danger to prove a point.... ;)
I do hope he has a speedy recovery...
I’m glad people like him exist. I’m too chicken to climb mountains. I watched a dvd last night about a fellow named Eric Alexander, a mountaineer, a Christian, who takes disabled people with him mountain climbing, but mostly blind people. They showed a clip of a blind man crossing a crevasse on three, maybe four, Ace Hardware-type aluminum ladders tied together end to end. This was on the way up Everest. It was the most fascinating video I’ve seen in years.
This guy is a poser. Forced to put a disclaimer in the beginning of each of his show that he, and I’m paraphrasing,stages some of his show.
The real deal is Survivorman, Les Stroud.No support crew, no camera crew.Films everything himself.A much better show IMO.
Bear Grylls is the man. And yes he is also an entertainer. He does TV. It’s a show. Yep. Les Stroud is great in his way also. No crew. No hype. He also goes most of the trip hungry because he doesn’t focus enough on eating in the wild. Bear will eat anything.
He has an interesting life and is a very inspirational man. Sure he sets up most of his adventures on TV, but he still does more in life than most people and he enjoys every bit. Both my son and I watch Man vs. Wild and Survivor Man. Bear has commented on his spiritual life on the shows also.
Also, prayers to him and his quick, healthy recovery.
I don’t remember his name.. but I came across a show about a guy who filmed his journey crossing the Arctic.. He was alone except for his sled dog team.. They had to turn back.. I’m wondering if it might have been Survivorman..
Get well soon, Bear.
I think that was him
His show is a lot of fun to watch. Some of it isn’t realistic, but it’s still entertaining. He does some crazy stuff and it was bound to catch up to him.
Wish him a speedy recovery.
Doing it on camera is about as commendable as saying "hold muh beer and watch this!"
I really enjoy his show except the parts where he kills animals. Otherwise I have learned a few things about survival from Bear’s show. I hope he gets better soon.
> The aim of the expedition was to promote alternative energy and bioethanol as a source of power