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SAS Australia’s Erin McNaught admits she thought she was DEAD after landing face-down in icy waters

Erin McNaught admits she thought she was DEAD after landing face-down in icy waters and blacking out during her first challenge on SAS Australia

When Erin McNaught signed up to appear on SAS Australia, she had no idea she’d soon stare death in the face. 

But that is precisely what transpired, after the former Miss Universe Australia ended up concussed in a pool of icy water on the very first day of filming.  

Speaking to Monday’s TV Week magazine, Erin, 38, revealed the brutal reality of SAS Australia’s first ever challenge, which saw recruits fall backwards from a helicopter and pin-drop into freezing waters below.  

‘Am I dead, did I just die?’ SAS Australia’s Erin McNaught, 38, (pictured) has admitted she thought she was DEAD after landing face-down in icy water and blacking out during her first challenge

Rather than falling feet-first as intended, Erin accidentally hit the water horizontally.  

‘I blacked out momentarily from the impact,’ Erin revealed of the shocking moment. 

After regaining consciousness, Erin said she’d genuinely asked herself:  ‘Am I dead, did I just die?’

'I blacked out momentarily from the impact': Erin revealed the brutal reality of SAS Australia's first ever challenge, which saw recruits fall backwards from a helicopter and pin-drop into freezing waters below

‘I blacked out momentarily from the impact’: Erin revealed the brutal reality of SAS Australia’s first ever challenge, which saw recruits fall backwards from a helicopter and pin-drop into freezing waters below

Despite the concussion, Erin completed the challenge and has since gone on to become one of nine celebrity recruits remaining on the show.  

Sharing her mantra when it comes to SAS Australia’s difficult challenges, the mother-of-two explained: ‘No matter how scared you are going into them, after they’re finished, your sense of achievement, elation and euphoria is second to none.’

Last month, Erin told Who magazine that she is still recovering from injuries she sustained while filming Seven’s military-style reality show.     

'Your sense of achievement, elation and euphoria is second to none:' Erin shared her mantra when it comes to SAS Australia's difficult challenges

‘Your sense of achievement, elation and euphoria is second to none:’ Erin shared her mantra when it comes to SAS Australia’s difficult challenges

Ouch: In August Erin uploaded a naked photo of herself looking bruised and battered from her time on SAS Australia

Ouch: In August Erin uploaded a naked photo of herself looking bruised and battered from her time on SAS Australia 

‘I passed out underwater, I got black eyes, tore muscles in my left shoulder and I lost something like 7kg,’ she confessed, admitting that the show almost ‘broke her’. 

‘I felt like I almost died on day one! The physical side was tough but the mental side was hard, too,’ she added.    

SAS Australia continues Monday 7.30pm on Seven.    

No pain, no gain: Erin recently told Who magazine shore tore a shoulder muscle while filming SAS Australia

No pain, no gain: Erin recently told Who magazine shore tore a shoulder muscle while filming SAS Australia 

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