Ross Kemp feared he wouldnt wake up again after diving accident
Promo trailer for Ross Kemp Deep Sea Treasure Hunter
TV star Ross Kemp was joined by dive master Neil Brock, marine archaeologist Mallory Haas and friend Mark Culwick as they ventured beyond the waters of the British Isles to the Red Sea. In each of the four episodes of his new Sky series, Ross explores iconic shipwrecks in even more remote and dangerous sites. In one episode, Ross and Mallory experience hypercapnia and he spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about the ordeal.
In a TV first, Ross Kemp: Deep Sea Treasure Hunter sees Ross and Mallory dive the wreckage of one of the world’s most famed shipwrecks, the Mary Rose.
Exploring the remnants of Henry VIII’s prized warship, which sank in 1545 at the Battle of the Solent, the team unearth new treasures.
They also discover more about how and why the sinking impacted on the war and the King himself.
In the second episode, Ross visits Plymouth Sound in a bid to find a missing bow of a ship.
After discovering what they believed to be part of the ship in question, Ross stayed under the water a little longer than he should have.
He started experiencing hypercapnia, an increase in blood carbon dioxide levels.
Hypercapnia is a hazard of underwater diving where it is associated with increased breathing gas density due to the high ambient pressure.
In the tense scene, Ross is heard saying how he needs to get back to the surface as soon as possible.
He and Mallory were both clearly shaken after the ordeal, but they managed to get back in the water soon after.
Ross explained: “Hypercapnia can pass quickly as soon as you clear it out of your mask and you get rid of the CO2.
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“We just weren’t aware of what was happening because you do become obsessed with getting that bit of lead tingle out of the ground.
“We were rocking it like we were trying to get a bit of tree stump out of a garden but it’s not a garden and it’s not a tree stump.
“It’s a piece of lead and you are 19 metres under Plymouth Sound with a load of boat traffic above you.
“It could have gone a lot worse than it actually went, it’s a testament to the training we have had that we managed to get through it.
“When I got out and took my mask off I was suddenly aware just how much CO2 I breathed in.
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“Because the oxygen going into your lungs, you can feel it, your lungs feel like a Christmas tree.
“And when we got back to the hotel I was knackered and I had a headache, but I didn’t want to fall asleep in case I didn’t wake up again.
“But I think I was just over-egging it slightly. You are working in a hostile environment, where things can go wrong and that’s why I’m a HSC qualified diver now.
“I don’t think any corners…diving is a relatively safe sport in comparison to others like rugby and horse riding.
“So it can be dangerous but if you prepare for most eventualities then it’s relatively safe.”
On what it’s like making such wonderful discoveries he said: “It’s amazing, even more so because with the Mary Rose only a handful of divers get to dive on that site every year.
“It’s an incredible honour to be allowed to dive on it and to actually have found remnants of what we believed to be the bow.
“And to touch something that hasn’t been seen by the human eye or touched in 500 years is an incredible privilege.
“It’s a bit like shaking hands with ghosts, you can sense the history down there.
“You can’t bring that kind of enthusiasm to a subject unless you genuinely have it.”
Ross Kemp: Deep Sea Treasure Hunter airs Mondays at 9pm from April 10 on Sky HISTORY
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