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'Shock and agony': Dangerous airlift rescue for injured explorer Bear Grylls after Antarctic fall
Daily Mail ^ | 06 Dec 2008 | Laura Collins

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 Bear’s 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 children’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: alternativeenergy; antarctic; beargrylls; energy; ethanol; rescue; sas

1 posted on 12/06/2008 3:24:22 PM PST by BGHater
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To: BGHater
The aim of the expedition was to promote alternative energy and bioethanol as a source of power, as well as raising funds for the children’s charity Global Angels.

Oh my.

2 posted on 12/06/2008 3:25:41 PM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385

Looks like the helicopter MEDI VAC consumed any energy he might have been saving.


3 posted on 12/06/2008 3:29:39 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: BGHater

I liked the series he did on going through part of the French Foreign Legion basic training.


4 posted on 12/06/2008 3:30:38 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: BGHater

If he wanted to maintain his ‘green’ integrity, he’d have insisted on returning on a sailboat.


5 posted on 12/06/2008 3:40:54 PM PST by PAR35
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To: PAR35

Yea, and having all medical treatment done with only “green” electricity!!


6 posted on 12/06/2008 3:48:23 PM PST by 9422WMR (When seconds count, the cops are only minutes away.)
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To: PAR35

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.


7 posted on 12/06/2008 3:51:26 PM PST by yorkie01
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To: BGHater
"Hmmm. Bear Grills"
8 posted on 12/06/2008 3:57:34 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel - Horace Walpole)
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To: BGHater

—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-—


9 posted on 12/06/2008 3:57:39 PM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: BGHater
"The airlift operation itself was fraught with danger"

Nothing like putting others in danger to prove a point.... ;)

I do hope he has a speedy recovery...

10 posted on 12/06/2008 3:58:14 PM PST by BossLady (Ok Everybody......Get Ready For ......'THE MOOD RING PRESIDENCY'......)
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To: BGHater

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.


11 posted on 12/06/2008 4:07:00 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Grace = unmerited favor; Mercy = punishment withheld)
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To: rellimpank

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.

http://www.survivorman.ca/


12 posted on 12/06/2008 4:10:34 PM PST by GQuagmire ( A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.)
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To: BGHater

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.


13 posted on 12/06/2008 4:16:23 PM PST by BigBlueJon ("And shepherds we shall be....For Thee, my Lord, for Thee....")
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To: BGHater

Also, prayers to him and his quick, healthy recovery.


14 posted on 12/06/2008 4:17:06 PM PST by BigBlueJon ("And shepherds we shall be....For Thee, my Lord, for Thee....")
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To: GQuagmire

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..


15 posted on 12/06/2008 4:22:51 PM PST by divine_moment_of_facts
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To: BGHater
32 feet per second per second. It’s not just a good idea. It’s the law.

Get well soon, Bear.

16 posted on 12/06/2008 4:25:39 PM PST by RichInOC (Obama/Biden '08: "We Are Not Ruled By Murderers, But Only--By Their Friends."--Rudyard Kipling)
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To: BGHater
One word--

OW!!!

We love watching these so-called 'survival' shows as a family--very clean cut but sometimes really really gross- (one time Bear bit the head off this really big snake and ate it, then cooked the rest of the snake--ewwww!) Hope he recovers quickly with no complications! BTW, I believe he's Catholic because many times before he does something dangerous (like jumping out of a helicopter into the ocean) he'll say a quick prayer and cross himself. IIRC, he has a wife and son too.
17 posted on 12/06/2008 4:29:58 PM PST by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: divine_moment_of_facts

I think that was him


18 posted on 12/06/2008 4:41:37 PM PST by GQuagmire ( A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.)
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To: pillut48

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXuFR7Cz4rk


19 posted on 12/06/2008 4:50:03 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: BGHater

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.


20 posted on 12/06/2008 5:00:14 PM PST by skyman
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To: pillut48
BTW, I believe he's Catholic because many times before he does something dangerous (like jumping out of a helicopter into the ocean) he'll say a quick prayer and cross himself.

Doing it on camera is about as commendable as saying "hold muh beer and watch this!"

21 posted on 12/06/2008 5:06:22 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel - Horace Walpole)
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To: BGHater

bump


22 posted on 12/06/2008 5:08:31 PM PST by VOA
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To: BGHater

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.


23 posted on 12/06/2008 5:20:12 PM PST by GinaLolaB (=^..^=)
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To: Rurudyne; steelyourfaith; Tolerance Sucks Rocks

> The aim of the expedition was to promote alternative energy and bioethanol as a source of power


24 posted on 12/07/2008 1:31:49 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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