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Sir David Attenborough tells of his brush with death

By Eleanor Bley Griffiths

Published 23/12/2015

Fall: Sir David Attenborough
Fall: Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough has revealed he had a scrape with death during a rock climbing accident in his youth.

The 89-year-old naturalist and broadcaster, who was an enthusiastic climber in the years before his marriage at the age of 23, said he thought of his parents as he fell "about 30 or 40ft".

He said: "I used to be a mad rock climber - I mean, an obsessive rock climber, and I fell off in the Lake District, and I was absolutely sure I was going to die.

"I thought how ungrateful I was, and what my parents would think. They spent all this time looking after me, and being nice to me, and that was what their reward was. That's what I thought. I felt desperately sorry that I had let my parents down."

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