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Reporter falls in pool on live TV

Mike Bushell did not notice a step in the pool before his interview with the England swimmers Mike Bushell did not notice a step in the pool before his interview with the England swimmersBBC
Cary Erickson | 13 April, 2018, 03:05

BBC's Mike Bushell has managed to slip into the swimming pool whilst interviewing the British Commonwealth Games swimmers in Australia's Gold Coast.

The incident occurred when the journalist tried to approach each of the athletes sitting on the edge of the pool, stumbled on a step and fell into water along with his microphone, making all of them laugh almost to death.

A BBC reporter accidentally went for a swim during a live interview in Australia. Bushell was chatting with the England Commonwealth Games swimmers - Sarah Vasey, Adam Peaty, Siobhan-Marie O'Connor, Ben Proud and James Guy - when things took an unexpected turn.

"I've got to be very careful, because I've got this sound pack on", he said, about three seconds before his involuntary dip.

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The swimming team burst out laughing as Mike tried to compose himself, and let's just say it was pretty hard for everyone to keep a straight face during the interview. What a recovery from Mike Bushell! "Bye, Mike, it hasn't been boring". "Mike fell in the pool".

Bushell then provided a word of caution to the viewers: "Just look before you get into the swimming pool, OK".

"I didn't realize there was a step there", he said during the shot.