The Discovery Channel sent out a press release this morning saying that Bear Grylls, the star of their popular show Man vs. Wild, has sustained a shoulder injury on his expedition to Antarctica. Grylls, with whom I spoke at Discovery’s headquarters last month, was reportedly airlifted to South Africa for treatment and is now on his way home to the U.K. for further treatment and recovery.
The extent of his injury has not yet been released, but some details were released by the U.K.’s Mail on Sunday, which describes the airlift operation itself as as "dangerous" due to high winds. The expedition, which had nothing to do with the Discovery Channel, had the simultaneous goals of promoting biofuels and other "green" energy sources, and raising money for the charity Global Angels. Grylls updated the expedition’s online diary on Friday morning, probably very shortly before the accident that caused the injury.
We at GeekDad wish Bear Grylls a full and speedy recovery, especially as he and his wife are expecting their third child next month.