Don’t Rock The Boat got off to a dramatic start tonight as Olympic athlete Victoria Pendleton fainted due to over-exerting herself.
The 40-year-old sporting star, who is one of 12 celebs attempting to row the entire length of Britain, fell unconscious shortly after she complained to the medic she was experiencing pain in her arm.
‘It’s right in there,’ Victoria said, pointing to her forearm. ‘I feel like when I apply force with my legs I can’t push hard enough.
‘The more I go the worse it’s getting, which is frustrating because they need me.’
Meanwhile, Victoria’s teammates Jodie Kidd, Tom Watson, and Craig Charles expressed concern over her welfare as they continued on the boat.
‘She must have been in real pain,’ Tom said. ‘If we’ve lost Victoria, it’s an utter catastrophe.’
Victoria then took a funny turn, as she confessed: ‘I don’t feel well all of a sudden’.
The medics called for a bucket for the star, before asking if she felt faint.
Seconds later, the track cyclist fell over and had to be carried to the ground as she began to involuntarily shake.
Victoria was then put into the recovery position, where she was closely watched by the medics until she had regained her strength.
‘Victoria’s starting to feel faint in the early stages of the expedition. If they’re not drinking, eating, resting properly it’s going to have a marked effect on them,’ one medic said.
‘I think Victoria is going to have a prolonged rest, after having some hours of sleep, something to eat and drink then we’ll see how we’re getting on.’
Viewers were stunned by the dramatic scenes, with one fan writing: ‘Thought this was supposed to be light-hearted fun. 30 mins in we’ve had multiple vomit- sound and vision, fainting, injury and [poo emoji] in a bucket.’
Echoing a similar sentiment, another penned: ‘These trials are actually worse than in I’m A Celeb, plus there’s been vomiting, shi**ing and fainting (by a mega Olympian). #DontRockTheBoat is much better than I ever expected.;
What a treat.
Don’t Rock The Boat continues on Tuesday at 9pm on ITV.
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