The Man Vs. Wild star’s seven-year-old son Jesse managed to pull the little girl out of the water and drag her to safety.
Grylls explains, “They (the children) were in a little base in a stream and she fell in. And – I wasn’t there, you know, and the story grows and grows every time he tells me – but he did rescue her and he was proud as punch to have dragged her out.”
But Grylls, who is also dad to sons Marmaduke, five, and four-year-old Huckleberry, admits he has tried to hide his career as an adventurer from his boys.
He adds, “For a long time, I never wanted them to be too aware of what I do. I relaxed that when all their friends were talking about me in the playground, and they were the only ones not to have seen the programme. But getting the balance right is hard.
“Do I want them to grow up to be me? No, actually. I’m unemployable in the real world. I don’t want that for them…
“Their headmaster took me aside and said, ‘It’s great that they might know how to take the door off a helicopter and deal with a snake bite, but it would be really great if they focused a little more on the mathematics.'”