Former two-division UFC champion B.J. Penn says that he is lucky to be alive after being caught up in a potentially deadly incident at a water park.
Penn took to Instagram to detail the situation which he says occurred last year, describing it as like a situation from a ‘Saw’ or ‘Final Destination’ movie, and you can see read his description of the event below in which he says he received a number of injuries after being sucked into an engine room where he was continually submerged in water for a prolonged period of time.
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“The room would fill up with water to the top and I would hold my breath and then it would push the water out to make the wave and it was really rough inside there,” Penn explained.
“Everything I bumped up against in the room that hurt me got infected. I got a bad sinus infection and a couple facial fractures from getting knocked around the cement walls and from the fractures the dirty water got in my face and infected my whole sinus. I was on antibiotics for three weeks for my face.”
Penn said that he remained calm as he was sure that a friend of his who was also present, and is a reputable surfer, would rescue him — and also stated that his career as a prizefighter has made him able to deal with stressful situations such as this one.
“A lot of other people might have panicked and maybe gave up but I just stayed strong for my kids,” Penn added. “Anyway to make a long story short I survived that motherf*cker.”
“Maybe I was the first guy in history to get sucked into a wave pool engine room while it is in operation but no matter what happens in life and no matter how scary it is if I can offer you any advice I would just say to ‘stay calm’. If I didn’t fight tough c*nts my whole life I might have panicked, but it was just another day in the office.”