Dermott Brerton has left I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here viewers in tears after he revealed he was almost caught up in 2002 Bali bombings.
The AFL legend told his camp mates that he was holidaying in Bali at the time and had struck up a friendship with an American woman named Karri.
“We had a great time with her, lovely girl,” he said. “Every night we would go to the Sari Club.”
On his last night in Bali, Dermott and his friends had dinner with Karri and decided to have one last drink at Sari before heading to the airport.
However, one of Dermott’s mates was paranoid they would miss their flight and convinced them to go straight to the airport.
“We pulled up at the Sari Club and said goodbye to Karri, swapped emails and whatever,” Dermott said on I’m A Celeb.
“We go on towards the airport. We drive about 500 metres down the road, turn left at the corner and we hear this ‘kaboom’. We go, ‘What is that?’”
Dermott and his mates then heard a second explosion but, unsure what was going on, continued on to the airport.
“We caught our flight, got to Melbourne, got off the plane and of course the media’s gone through all the (passenger) lists.”
The media told Dermott about the bombings and he emailed Karri to see if she was ok.
He went on to say “Two days later an email comes back from Karri and I go, ‘Thank god’.’
However, he found out that the email was actually from Karri’s Dad who was on his way to Bali to try and find his daughter and was desperate for any details he could get.
“I said, ‘She showed me her ring. It had a great big turquoise stone in it.’”
The new day he received another email from Karri’s Dad that said “Thank you, I really appreciate it. I went back to the morgue. I flicked through half a dozen files and one of them was the girl with the turquoise ring.’
“She got blown up,” Dermott told his camp mates.
Simply….. Wow…. What a touching and emotional story…… 😔🙌🏻💔
— Scotty 🇦🇺 (@ScottLee80) January 30, 2019
“Myself and my mates got together, we wrote endless script of her last couple of days,” Dermott said. “Where we went, what she did … Filled in every blank for every minute we could of her last couple of days.”
The whole camp was left in tears by the story and they were not alone with viewers saying ‘Wow ! What a heartbreaking but truely moving story from Dermott & his close encounters with the Bali Bombings !’
202 people, including 88 Australians, were killed in the Bali Bombings, with a further 209 injured.