Ex-EastEnders star Ross Kemp’s horrifying near-death experience is revealed on new Sky show

EX-EASTENDERS star Ross Kemp has revealed his terrifying near-death experience.

Ahead of the premiere of his new Sky show, the 58-year-old actor opened up about the time he passed out during an underwater dive.

Ross Kemp has spoken openly about his near-death experience


Ross Kemp has spoken openly about his near-death experiencePhoto credit: A+E Network

Ross recalled the moment he suffered a “hypocapnia hit,” where you accidentally inhaled too much carbon dioxide during a dive.

He said the horror unfolded while exploring a wreck in Plymouth Sound.

The former EastEnders star told the Mirror: “The blackout literally lasted half a second. But that was enough to make my lungs feel like they were on fire.

“You only realize that when you actually get on a boat. Then you realize that the lungs are like a lighted Christmas tree.”

Ross said at the time he was trying to free a pipe.

Recalling what hypocapnia felt like, he said: “It was a little spark, and then I just passed out.

“I thought removing the pipes was like trying to rock a tree stump out of my back garden.

“But the amount of CO2 that was seeping into my system basically clouded my judgment, and I completely forgot I wasn’t actually in my backyard.”

The star’s new show, Ross Kemp: Deep Sea Treasure Hunter, will hit screens on Monday.

The series follows the action man as he dives deep into Britain’s history, first in a TV swim through the wreck of the Mary Rose.

Speaking about his near-death experience, Ross said he didn’t realize how lucky he was until he got back on dry land.

He said: “I was still a bit weird going back and laying on the bed in the hotel room. I made sure I didn’t fall asleep for five hours.

“I was just looking at the ceiling of the Novotel and I was like, ‘That was pretty damn close.'”

Ross added: “Diving may seem very simple, but it is not. It’s extremely technical. If it goes wrong, it can go seriously wrong.”

Caroline Bleakley

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