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Steve Backshall almost drowned after getting trapped under water in kayak accident – The Sun

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STEVE Backshall almost drowned after getting trapped under water in a kayak accident.

The 46-year-old was filming his latest series, Expedition with Steve Backshall, when he got into trouble while on an uncharted river in Bhutan.

 Steve Backshall has revealed he nearly died in a kayaking accident

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Steve Backshall has revealed he nearly died in a kayaking accidentCredit: Corbis

The dad-of-one was convinced he was going to die after his kayak flipped and he was trapped in glacial water for almost five minutes.

He told the Mirror: “We came to rapids at the end of the day and there was concern from everyone that it might be a step too far, but getting out was almost ­impossible because we were in a ­high-sided canyon, so we chanced it and ran the rapid. It was a step too far. Way too far.

“I’d enough time to understand that I had no strength left and was drowning.

 The star went kayaking in Bhutan when he flipped

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The star went kayaking in Bhutan when he flippedCredit: BBC Handout
 Steve recently became a dad for the first time and admits it has changed his outlook

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Steve recently became a dad for the first time and admits it has changed his outlook

“I realised it was how it ends, how I was going to die. I had time to think through the impact, that I would never get to see my baby son grow up.”

Fortunately white-water kayaker Sal Montgomery was on the trip and threw him a rope, which ended up saving him.

The terrifying moment came just months after his wife, Olympic rower Helen Glover, gave birth to their first child.

Helen had been expecting twins but tragically one of the babies died during the pregnancy.

 Steve is married to Olympian Helen Glover

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Steve is married to Olympian Helen GloverCredit: PA:Press Association

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The couple welcomed a son called Logan in July.

Speaking about how fatherhood had changed him, he said: “This year has been totally different for me, because I became a father last year for the first time.

“For the first time in my whole life… when I got into those sticky situations, my first thought was, ‘oh my god, I’ve got a baby back home and I cannot die here, because there’s so much that I want to see and want to do’.

“And those humanising moments, they definitely make you weaker, and they definitely make it harder.”

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