REBEKAH DEVLIN OUT OF THE BOX
THE title of this show kind of gives away the ending. Is she gonna die? Well, the program’s called I Shouldn’t Be Alive— so clearly she still is . . . alive.
It takes away a fair bit of the suspense when the sharks start to circle.
This tale of survival belongs to Canadian Melissa Armstrong and Aussie David Tomlinson, who were scuba diving in the Solomon Islands when, as they say, things went horribly wrong.
Researching an underwater volcano, strong currents took them away from the dive boat.
Despite the best rescue efforts of the crew, the pair was stranded 32km from land for 26 hours. Oh, and in sharkinfested waters too.
I know most people are scared of sharks, but I am seriously terrified of them.
I saw Jaws when I was waaaay too young and was so traumatised, I used to think sharks could swim up through the drain of our family pool.
I would practice swimming as fast as I could (while screaming underwater) to the pool steps, which I would sprint up until my entire body was out of the water.
I would simulate a shark attack for hour after hour during my school holidays.
Amazingly, this behaviour was not quite enough for my parents to send me off for some therapy.
Though I did spend 25 years in Adelaide — where people actually do get eaten by the predators— so I think I have a valid reason for my clearly mad actions.
Perhaps the most disturbing part of this program is when Melissa talks about preparing for death.
‘‘ I’d fought death,’’ she says. ‘‘ This transition happens . . . when you’re accepting it.’’
She says she hoped the shark would just go for her heart, not take a limb and let her bleed to death.
‘‘ If it is gonna happen, then I want it to happen fast,’’ she says. I Shouldn’t be Alive Channel 7, 8.30pm
Sharks: Diving horror