A contestant on The Island with Bear Grylls has narrowly escaped with his life after plummeting 30ft off a cliff face.
19-year-old student Patrick Dauncey was scaling the island’s jagged coast line when he lost his footing, falling onto the rocks below, landing on his back reports The Mirror.
— The Island (@TheIsland) April 18, 2016
The group were searching for firewood when the incident occurred but fortunately one of the group, Dan Quemby, is a doctor and was able to reach Patrick to treat him.
He told Digital Spy:
I honestly thought I’d be speaking to the coroners. I honestly thought at best he would be paralysed, or at worst he would be dead.
— Dr Spoons (@Not_lizomzimba) April 18, 2016
Dan also said he believes Patrick would be dead had he not been wearing a rucksack.
The timing of the accident couldn’t have been worse as a severe storm approached the island making it impossible for a rescue boat to get near Patrick.
Viewers were left in suspense as to what state the teenager was in, with many flocking to social media to express their shock at the scenes:
Just spent an hour to see what happens to paddy when he falls of a cliff and they’re trying to tell me I’ll find out next time #theisland
— $lim $hady (@ElleMoore04) April 18, 2016
— Ellie Dominey (@ellie_sut83) April 18, 2016
Poor Paddy had a rough holiday.
It reminds me of Zante 2000 with the lads.#theisland
— K Ledger (@kiersledger) April 18, 2016
Can’t cope with how intense that episode of #theisland was, legit had to stalk paddy to see if he was alive
— Lois (@lois_batty) April 18, 2016
HOW can The Island end on Paddy falling off a cliff?!?! Actual cliffhanger much #theislandAdvertisement
— ✨ (@milkorlilt) April 19, 2016
Bear Grylls has previously said he is worried about injuries on the show, but let’s just be grateful that Patrick is alive to tell the tale.