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Gordon Ramsay: "I thought I was a goner" after falling off cliff

By Christopher Rocchio, 07/29/2008 

Gordon Ramsay may want to stick to the safe confines of a kitchen.

The Hell's Kitchen star was hunting puffins on Iceland's Westman Islands while filming The F Word for the U.K.'s Channel 4 when he slipped and fell 280-feet into an icy creek in which he stayed below the surface for almost a minute, The Sun reported Monday.

"I thought I was a goner.  They say cats have nine lives. I've had 12 already and I don't know how many more I'll have," Ramsay told The Sun.

"I remember thinking, 'Oh f**k.' My boots and my waterproofs were dragging me down.  I'm an extremely good swimmer, but I couldn't get to the surface. I was panicking and my lungs were filling with water."

Once he surfaced, Ramsay was pulled to safety by the production crew via a rope.

"When I got to the top after getting my boots off I was dazed and my head was totally numb," Ramsay told The Sun.

The 41-year-old chef was treated at his hotel for a bloody gash on his leg and was subsequently taken to London's Cromwell Hospital. 

Ramsay said a puffin bit his nose while he was hunting it, which might have played a role in him losing his balance and at the very least left him in need of three stitches.

"They put make-up on my nose and Jesus Christ it looks bad," he told The Sun.  "I keep saying one of my kids punched me. I'm too embarrassed to say it was a puffin."

Ramsay said he was initially hesitant to tell his wife Tana about what transpired during his puffin-hunting adventure.

"I didn't tell her at first. I chickened out but she knew something was up," he told The Sun

"She was upset and extremely p****d off. When I was underwater all I could think of was Tana and my kids. It wasn't until I was on the plane home I realized what a close call I'd had."

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