Natasha Kaplinsky opened up for the first time yesterday about a boating explosion that left both she and her daughter with severe burns and scarring.
Appearing on Monday’s episode of Loose Women, the former BBC News anchor and Strictly Come Dancing winner was overcome with emotion as she recalled her traumatic experience while holidaying in Corfu last year to Andrea McLean, Coleen Nolan, Brenda Edwards and Jane Moore.
“I will try not to cry,” she told the Loose Women panel as she began her story. “It was nearly a year ago.
“We were on holiday, on a boat with my parents, our children and obviously my husband. Something terrible went wrong with the boat after 15 minutes of being on it, it was long enough for us to be very far away from anywhere.”
Natasha revealed that a leak in the boat’s fuel pipe caused the explosion, which, she recalled, was “just like a James Bond moment.”
“My daughter Angelica, who was eight at the time, myself and my dad, who doesn’t swim, we were badly burnt at the time and we were all in the water for about 45 minutes before anybody found us, which we now understand to be a blessing in a way because the scars were much less because we were in the water for such a long time.”
The news reader was almost moved to tears when she recounted the injuries suffered by her daughter, most of which she said appear on her face.
“There is nothing worse than being a mum and seeing your child injured,” Natasha told the panel. “I just kept on looking at her and her face, because that’s what was injured for her and her arm, and thinking about her wedding day. It was just one of the moments where you think, ‘I just can’t bear it’.”
The former Strictly winner also revealed that in the difficult year following the accident, both her and her daughter have undergone EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) treatment, a psychotherapy technique used to alleviate psychological stress, popular in the treatment of psychological trauma suffered by war veterans.
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In an inspiring confession to the audience, Natasha revealed that the treatment has helped her to begin to move on from the accident.
She said, “It helped to move the trauma away from the immediacy of what was happening in front of me, where we were on a burning boat… to a bit further away in my mind.
“It’s still very hard to talk about. My daughter is having EMDR at the moment. It is so helpful but a very, very painful process. Hopefully, it will pay off in the long run, we have got to deal with it now,” she said bravely.