The Island with Bear Grylls contestants came close to dying
Bear Grylls claims contestants on 'The Island with Bear Grylls' came close to dying.
The 40-year-old adventurer and TV star has revealed some of the contestants on the reality show - which this year sees 14 men and 14 women attempt to survive on separate islands - came dangerously close to death without even knowing it.
Asked what would have to happen for him and his team to step in, he said at a screening of the new series: "On three occasions. One is if they genuinely want to go home and that's it, 'I'm done, I cannot physically go on, I'm missing my family too much, I'm too beaten up, the pain's too much - because that's the reality of survival, it just bloody hurts.
"The second time is if there's an accident, like somebody's cut themselves really badly, someone's scalded themselves with boiling water or whatever it is.
"The third is when they don't realise how close they are to dying and I won't give it away but there came a time where I was really getting some genuine concern for all of them, everywhere we looked.
"We are really teetering on the borderline of them not even being aware that they're going to start internal organs collapsing and they'll die without knowing."
The 'Bear Grylls: Mission Survive' star also confessed that although the groups are left to fend for themselves, he would be able to get to them in under half an hour if they desperately needed help.
He added: "Probably in a real emergency about 20 minutes, we could probably get to them that fast."
'The Island with Bear Grylls' kicks off on Wednesday April 8 at 9pm.