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We had been on the mountain for two months by this stage.The waves were hitting us from all directions in the black night.Walls of white water would suddenly strike and throw us around like rag dolls as we clung to our seats. I remember fighting with all my being to keep the small boat level and upright - if we capsized in this, we would have a survival time of a matter of hours at most in the freezing sea, even in full dry suits.A fast-flowing river in the Sumatran jungle, 2009 We were filming in the Sumatran jungle for Born Survivor.Our crew was depleted as we had got separated in some bad torrential storms, so with a crew of four (including me) we had pushed on to finish a river sequence we were filming.