Gordon Ramsay had to fight for his life recently after plunging 280ft off a cliff into freezing cold waters where he almost drowned.
The 41-year-old chef and father of four lost his footing and slipped while puffin hunting on the Westman Islands off the coast of Iceland, during recent filming for the final episode of the current F-Word series.
“I thought I was a goner,” he told The Sun. “I’m an extremely good swimmer, but I couldn’t get to the surface. I was panicking and my lungs were filling with water.”
After removing his heavy boots and waterproofs, which he realised were dragging him down, Ramsay managed to swim back to the surface where the TV crew threw him a lifeline – but he had already been underwater for 45 seconds.
I’m an extremely good swimmer, but I couldn’t get to the surface. I was panicking and my lungs were filling with water.
“When I got to the top after getting my boots off I was dazed and my head was totally numb. When I was underwater all I could think of was Tana and my kids. It wasn’t until I was on the plane home I realised what a close call I’d had.”
Ramsay suffered a cut leg and also three stitches to his nose after trying to kiss a caught puffin, which subsequently bit him.
Remarking on the state of his nose, Ramsay said; “Jesus Christ it looks bad. I keep saying one of my kids punched me. I’m too embarrassed to say it was a puffin.”
Ramsay will soon start filming for a new Channel Four series, Dangerous Food for Boys