"He also told the paper that he was finalising contracts for interviews with Australian, American and English television networks and that "there might be a film or a book in the long term"That would be a book and a film based on 19 hours spent bobbing around in the ocean, quite safely, as it turns out. Gee, sounds compelling. What did they do for entertainment? Did they need to go to the toilet? Did they, umm, get a little tired? Was there too much salty water? How bad was the chaffing on their necks from the wet suits?
An alleged million dollar payment for a handful of television and newspaper interviews because you were arrogant enough to swim away from a charter boat, contrary to instructions, subsequently got "lost" in the water for a while, and lived, is a tad over-wrought to my mind.
The fact that one is alive and well, thanks to the efforts of pitifully paid rescue workers, should be sufficient *reward* after such a frightening experience. Cold hard cash would not be my first thought after 19 hours in the cold hard ocean.
I'm taking pictures next time I survive a trip to the supermarket without any angle injuries from poorly driven shopping carts. The international interview rights to my story would have to be worth at least half a mill, and the same again for the subsequent book and film.
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