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Bear Grylls avoids camera disaster

Bear Grylls has told of how he was airlifted from a mountainside after badly injuring his leg while filming his new TV show - after a camera slammed into him.

The adventurer was surprised by a huge crocodile in Australia, navigated a shark-infested channel off Papua New Guinea and lost the ability to breathe while in free-fall at 30,000 feet during upcoming new episodes of Discovery's Man Vs Wild - but his most heartstopping moment was the incident in the Canadian Rockies.

The enthusiastic survivalist had descended down a mountain, zipping down the snow on his backside, and stopped himself suddenly by using an ice pick. The camera following him didn't stop, missing Grylls' head and shoulder by inches before hitting him in the leg. It didn't break a bone, but came awfully close.

His first thought was: "Wow, I'm lucky."

"It was a wake-up call," he added. "You've just got to get it right every time. You live with danger a lot and you can get blase, and just can't do that."

Grylls also revealed he has a new celebrity fan who'd like to join him for an adventure, like two of his fans on the series.

"Zac Efron emailed the other day asking to do it," revealed Grylls, who went on a trek with Will Ferrell last year in Sweden.

He also admitted he didn't want his wife and three young children to see the show.

"The more we do, we realise the world is huge and there are an awful lot of hell holes," he said. "You don't have to look very hard to find some unpleasant swamp or jungle."

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