'Shock and agony': Dangerous airlift rescue for injured explorer Bear Grylls after Antarctic fall
By Laura Collins
Last updated at 3:06 PM on 07th December 2008
Daredevil SAS man-turned-explorer Bear Grylls was being airlifted to the UK after being badly injured while on an independent expedition 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, which was not part of filming for the Discovery Channel, 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.