Bear Grylls (Finally!) Airlifted to Safety

12/10/2008 at 09:45 AM EST

Bear Grylls (Finally!) Airlifted to Safety
Bear Grylls
Courtesy Discovery Channel
It was Man vs. Wild – and the winner was very clear.

Discovery Channel adventurer Bear Grylls – who seriously injured his shoulder in a fall Dec. 5 while trekking in the Antarctic – was finally airlifted to safety Tuesday afternoon, after nasty weather caused four agonizing days of delay.

Grylls, famous for his survival skills, was flown to Cape Town, where he arrived Wednesday morning looking pale and exhausted, with his arm in a sling underneath his T-shirt.

"It's really good to be back in a normal place," the father-of-two told reporters. "Now I just want to get back to my family ... and have my shoulder sorted out."

The 34-year-old is expected to consult a Cape Town doctor on Wednesday, before flying to the U.K. to undergo surgery.

The adventure was unrelated to his TV show. He was in Antarctica on an expedition to promote alternative fuels.

• Reporting by MIKE BEHR

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