B.J. Penn was in a life-threatening scenario last year and he credits his fighting career with helping him get through it.
The former two-division UFC champion shared a story on Instagram in which he recounted nearly dying after being sucked into the engine room of a wave pool at a water park (Penn refrained from specifying the location). Penn also shared images of the injuries that he suffered during the incident, which can be seen below along with his unedited caption.
According to Penn, 42, the frightening incident occurred sometime last year while Penn was taking a break from surfing. As one of the waves returned (Penn calls it a “dud wave”) it swept Penn up and dragged him under a wall where he ended up in the engine room of the wave pool. That room fills up with water that becomes the next wave and in this case, submerged Penn in it.
What happened next, Penn describes as something out of the “Saw or Final Destination” horror films.
“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 wrote.
“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.”
Fortunately for Penn, one of his friends, an experienced surfer, would eventually rescue him. As you can see from the photos above, Penn ended up with several ugly bruises, but otherwise appears to be in good health.
Penn says that thinking about his family helped him to get through the ordeal, as did the challenges he faced during his UFC Hall of Fame career.
“A lot of other people might have panicked and maybe gave up but I just stayed strong for my kids,” Penn wrote. “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,’ Penn added. “If I didn’t fight tough c*nts my whole life I might have panicked, but it was just another day in the office.”
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