‘Animal Planet’ Film Crew Saves Real-Life Castaway Who Was ‘Ready to die’ on Australian Island

Host Jeremy Wade and his crew saw the fisherman stranded while filming 'River Monsters'
By Denisse Moreno
Denisse Moreno
Denisse Moreno
April 20, 2016 Updated: April 20, 2016

The Animal Planet film crew saved a fisherman who was stranded on Barranyi North Island in Australia—while the crew was filming River Monsters in November.

Director Stephen Shearman said the castaway “was ready to die,” according to Inside Edition.  

“He had said his last prayer,” said Shearman. “He was prepared to die and meet his maker.”

The show’s host, Jeremy Wade, and his group came across the castaway, who was in peril, while they looked for a Queensland Grouper for an episode called “Death Down Under.” The footage of the rescue was recently released to the public.

In the video, the film crew spots a cooler on the rocks as they approach the island. As they joke about Tom Hanks popping out from among the rocks, referencing the movie “Cast Away,” their joke becomes a reality. They see the fisherman, with no clothes on, who had been separated from his boat two days before. The castaway jumps into the water and he swims to the film crew, pleading for help.

He immediately came down to the water and he’s yelling out ‘Give me some water!
— Jeremy Wade, film host

“He immediately came down to the water and he’s yelling out ‘Give me some water! Give me some water!'” said Wade, adding that the man was “pretty desperate.”

The film team hydrated the individual, who they identified as Tremine.

The fisherman said that part of the island caught his attention while stranded because he had found bottles there.

“I was hoping one of the bottles might have a bit of water in it, but it didn’t have no water in it,” he said.

Tremine, an experienced fisherman, was looking for oysters when he was separated from his vessel. Without water and under the scorching sun he suffered heatstroke. Wade said Tremine could have died if he was stranded on the island for another day. The average daily temperature in that area is 110 degrees F. The survival limit in those conditions is two or three days, if lucky. 

The crew gave Tremine water and hydration pills, which he threw up.

“His body wasn’t ready for that at all. His condition was quite serious,” Sherman said.

They sent him for medical attention then brought him back to their lodge for rest, where he made a quick recovery.

Tremine said he would be more careful from now and vowed to start smoking again.

“He’s promised God he’s going to start smoking again. If he had a lighter, he’d be able to cook, and he’d have a fire,” Shearman said.