A British soap star is "lucky to be alive" and recovering in the hospital today after he fell from a jungle waterfall in Thailand and spent three days trapped in a rock pool.
Paul Nicholls, who starred in "EastEnders" and had role in 2004's "Bridget Jones," broke his right leg in the fall and wasn't able to climb out of the water.
The Sun reported that he very well could have died in the pool had it not been for a local.
The report said that a villager alerted authorities after spotting an abandoned motorcycle in a remote area on the island of Koh Samui. Police soon discovered that the actor had rented that bike and had gone missing. A search was immediately launched.
Paul was found after several hours, and "he was semi-conscious and had hypothermia after three days in agony at the foot of the Khun Si falls," the report out of the United Kingdom said.
Paul spoke to The Sun from the hospital, saying, "I am lucky to be alive. 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."
He continued, "The problem was I couldn't move to get out of there. I've got a broken leg and I'm missing a kneecap. It needs complete reconstruction."
When Paul arrived at the hospital, he was seriously ill after he contracted a bug, the report says.
It was unclear why he fell. Local sources fear he was trying to take a selfie.
A source close to Paul spoke to The Sun.
"He was out there by himself because he was between filming," the source said. "He needs surgery. But it's going to cost $117,000 for him to have it in Thailand. The British Embassy want to fly him back here. They need to fly him to the mainland first to a proper hospital and then decide whether to bring him back to the UK or do the surgery there."