Last Friday’s sinking of the 90ft schooner off the Donegal coast happened just as the series was on the crest of a wave, surpassing even Treasure Island.
Coco Productions, the makers of both top shows, are to consult each of the nine traumatised contestants who were on board Cabin Fever I before making any plans to re-float the popular series.
Coco Productions managing director Stuart Switzer said the contestants, who were badly shook by the experience, all felt differently about the future of the show. “They will have to make their minds up first before we decide what to do next.”
Mr Switzer said it was only when he flew by helicopter over Tory Island that he realised how bad the situation was. The stricken vessel was lying on the reef and to say it was upsetting was putting it mildly: “We are leaving it for another day to interview our contestants, who remain our primary concern. They have experienced a dramatic shipwreck and it would be inappropriate for us to approach them just now.”
He said the production company had no problem with contestants talking with Dublin solicitor Gerald Kean who was flown out to Tory Island. Mr Switzer said the contestants talked more about the trauma of being shipwrecked than anything else, which was why they used the first helicopter they could get to fly a psychologist over to the island on Saturday. On Sunday evening all of the contestants left the island and headed home to recover from their ordeal.