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Sunday 31 August 2014

No dry humour as Dara lands in crocodile river

Louise Hogan

Published 31/01/2013 | 05:00

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DARA O Briain is used to finding himself in hot water in his stand-up shows but a near-miss in crocodile-infested rapids left him shaken.

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The funnyman and 'Mock the Week' BBC host told of the incident on the rapids of the Zambezi River in Zambia as part of a Comic Relief charity challenge.

O Briain (40) said he was close to giving up after an hour clinging to a tree stump after falling out of his raft.

The father of two and his rowing partner, Olympic athlete Phillips Idowu, lost their paddles before O Briain tumbled out. He was rescued by guides an hour later.

O Briain escaped with cuts and bruises and admitted it was a little unnerving. He "wasn't in a rush" to get back in to the water''.

The comedian urged people to donate so his scare wouldn't be for nothing.

The river charity challenge takes them along a 111km journey to the massive Victoria Falls. Organisers hope to raise £1m (€1.16m), with funds going to educate children in Zambia.

More information at www.rednoseday.com/zambezi.

Irish Independent

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