Two adventurers were dumped three miles from the land in some of the world's most shark-damaged waters and said they had to survive as long as they could.
James Glancy and Paul de Gelder parachuted from an airplane into the Pacific Ocean with nothing but their hands to ward off the thousands of sharks in the water below.
They lasted 44 hours – two days and three nights – in an attempt to former President George H.W. Bush & # 39; s World War II nightmare when his bomber plane was shot in the ocean before it was rescued four hours later.
During the night, when the ex-military men tried to sleep, sharks bumped into them and at one point surrounded a group of eight silky sharks.
James Glancy (right), a former member of the British elite Special Boat Service, and Paul de Gelder, an Australian ex-parachutist who lost his right arm and leg to a bull shark in Sydney harbor in 2009, parachuted from an airplane and into the Pacific Ocean with nothing but their hands to ward off thousands of sharks
The men (one of them pictured) only used their hands to push the sharks' muzzles away and became so sick – constantly vomiting – that they had to be rescued after 44 hours at sea
During the night, when the men tried to sleep, sharks would collide with them – and at one point a group of eight sharks surrounded them
Downed Navy pilot Bush is pictured rescued by the Navy submarine, USS Finback, on September 2, 1944 – after hours lost at sea
Glancy and de Gelder took on the challenge for a documentary called Sharkwrecked 2 which is broadcast on Discovery as part of the Shark Week.
For the first Sharkwrecked last year, the two men survived the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, which was hit by a Japanese torpedo in 1945 and led to 150 crew members being eaten by sharks while waiting in the water to be rescued.
This time Glancy, a former member of the British elite Special Boat Service, said that he and De Gelder, an Australian ex-parachutist who lost his right arm and leg to a bull shark in Sydney Harbor in 2009, wanted to do something much harder & # 39 ;
Glancy told DailyMail.com that they chose the area off the remote island of Palau because it was the world's first shark sanctuary and home to one of & # 39; the world's largest populations of beings.
Dozens of American airmen were shot in the region during World War II and some had to survive for months before they were rescued.
The ex-military men took on the challenge for a documentary called Sharkwrecked 2, which was broadcast on Discovery Channel on Tuesday as part of the Shark Week. Glancy (right) told DailyMail.com that they chose the area off the remote island of Palau because it was the world's first shark sanctuary and home to one of & # 39; the world's largest populations
The daring took two days and three nights at sea – a total of 44 hours – in an attempt to bring George H.W. Bush & # 39; World War II mission when his plane was shot in the ocean. The former president served as a pilot of the US Navy during the Second World War
Among them was former President George H.W. Bush who was shot by the Japanese near Chichijima on the Bonin Islands.
Bush was the only survivor while eight of his comrades were captured, executed and eaten by the Japanese in what became one of the most notorious episodes of the war.
Sharkwrecked 2 vividly shows the physical and emotional toll that would have been inflicted on airmen who had been left at sea.
At a certain point in the show, Glancy had to be taken out of the water and undergo a medical examination because he surrendered so much.
He and De Gelder withstood 86 degrees Fahrenheit heat without shadow and had severe seasickness that worsened as the tide led them further to the sea, rather than inland as they had hoped.
A safety boat was always close by, but the men remained essentially alone – and six hours by helicopter from the nearest hospital.
Former President George H.W. Bush served in the Navy from June 1942 to September 1945 and reached the rank of lieutenant
Bush (kneeling, second from the left) was the only survivor of his crew while eight of his comrades were captured, executed and eaten by the Japanese in what became known as the Chichijima incident. He and other officers from the USS Finback and Navy pilots are pictured after being rescued
Glancy said that without tools to protect himself, he had to push the sharks through their snouts if they got too close.
He said: & # 39; I have been swimming and diving with sharks since I was 13, so I started to understand their body language.
& # 39; & # 39; However, it can be annoying at night if you don't see them approaching and they bump into you. After all, they are predators & # 39 ;.
Glancy said it was & # 39; absolutely terrible & # 39; was to be in the water for three nights and that he and De Gelder were suffering from cramps, wetsuits in woolen suits by barns.
They also had & # 39; terribly wrinkled skin & # 39; all over their body.
Glancy said: & # 39; At one point, we had a group of eight silky sharks around us when we were miles from the shore.
& # 39; When we swam over the reefs, there were too many to count among us, more than 25.
& # 39; Before the recordings, I was very enthusiastic about the parachute jump. It was exciting.
& # 39; When the adrenaline went off, I suddenly realized that it was getting dark, that we were stuck in the water and had no chance to sleep that night. I suddenly thought to myself, why the hell am I doing this? & # 39;
The men parachuted into the ocean to mimic the fate of at least a dozen military pilots in World War II without tools to protect themselves from the creatures below
This photo of Navy Halldivers leaving Chichijima was taken after a devastating attack on the Bonin Islands the day the Bush plane was shot down
Glancy & # 39; s British military training started and helped him get through the ordeal, but he admitted that he suffered from & # 39; self-doubt & # 39;
He said he hoped the people would be entertained by the documentary, but also take away a serious message about nature conservation and safety at sea.
He said: & # 39; I want people to change their attitude towards nature and especially sharks. We do not have to fear them, its humanity that has caused the massive destruction of our oceans.
& # 39; We continue to kill more than 100 million sharks a year for their fins. This has to stop.
& # 39; This adventurous entertainment format reaches an audience that would normally not watch a nature documentary and allows us to show them the value or conservation of marine life, while information about preserving infusion is given & # 39 ;.
Glancy, who served three combat journeys in Afghanistan as an officer with the Royal Marines and British Special Forces, joked that however scary the filming was, it could not be compared to fighting & # 39 ;.
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