Comedian Louie Anderson almost drowned while training for ABC's celebrity diving special "Splash," but was saved by fellow contestant and Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, TMZ reports.
Anderson reportedly became exhausted while practicing his dives and was unable to pull himself out of the water using the pool ladder, repeatedly tumbling back into the water. Suh and "Splash" coach Greg Louganis helped pull Anderson out of the pool, where he coughed up water on the deck.
Anderson has fully recovered from the incident and his reps tell TMZ Anderson is “feeling great, loving the challenge."
Celebrity diving specials are all the rage these days, although Fox's "Stars In Danger: The High Dive" was a ratings belly-flop, landing only 3.4 million viewers. Besides Suh and Anderson, other celebrity "Splash" participants include Kendra Wilkinson, Katherine Webb (Miss Alabama USA), and E! personality Chuy.
"Splash" premieres on ABC on March 19, 2013.