'I am lucky to be alive'
‘Eastenders’ and ‘Ackley Bridge’ actor Paul Nicholls has been rescued after spending three days trapped at the bottom of a waterfall in Thailand.
Nicholls had motorcycled to the site in Koh Samui before falling, breaking both legs and shattering a knee, revealed his agent. The alarm was raised by villagers who found his rental bike, before Nicholls was found semi-conscious and with hypothermia. He has been hospitalised and will be flown back to the UK next week.
“I am lucky to be alive,” he told The Sun. “I had a phone with me but I fell from such a height into the water it was unretrievable.
“It took such a long time to find me. It’s an understatement to say it wasn’t a great situation. It wasn’t that I was lost. The problem was I couldn’t move to get out of there.
He continued: “I’ve got a broken leg and I’m missing a kneecap. It needs complete reconstruction.”
A source added: “He was out there by himself because he was between filming. He needs surgery. But it’s going to cost £90,000 for him to have it in Thailand.”
The 38-year-old star from Bolton played Joe Wicks in ‘Eastenders’ in the ’90s, is currently a cast member of Channel 4’s ‘Ackley Bridge’, and has also appeared in ITV’s ‘Law & Order: UK’.