Game show gives contestant injury

Thursday, March 28, 2002

LOS ANGELES -- A contestant on a new NBC game show was hospitalized Wednesday after a stunt in which he held his breath under water for two minutes.

The 26-year-old man was alert and conscious when paramedics arrived at a downtown studio but was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital as a precaution, Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

NBC identified the man only as a Los Angeles personal trainer. He requested information about his condition be withheld, hospital spokeswoman Mari Bregman said Wednesday. In the 911 emergency call requesting help, the caller said the man was unconscious, Humphrey said. But in a statement, NBC said both the man and his competitor on "Dog Eat Dog" remained conscious during the stunt in which they were suspended by their ankles underwater.

When paramedics arrived at the Los Angeles studio, the man was "conscious, alert, breathing on his own and talkative," Humphrey said.

A safety cord apparatus pulled the man and his competitor from the water, paramedic Ray Crawford told KTLA-TV. Submerged supervisors also were on hand and could end the contest, NBC said.

The episode was the first shot for "Dog Eat Dog," which does not have an air date, NBC said.

"Dog Eat Dog" is a production of NBC Studios and BBC Worldwide, an NBC spokesman said. It is loosely based on the British show "Dog Eat Dog."

The American show combines stunts with strategy and trivia questions and contestants play for up to $25,000 in prize money.

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