Even though Simon Le Bon dodged death in 1985 when his boat Drum capsized, there was a comic moment which made him look distinctly unheroic - as he emerged from the sea sporting only his underwear.

The 46-year-old DURAN DURAN star, who will be competing again in the hazardous Fastnet yacht race later this year (05), was nearly killed along with his crew in the incident, but even in the face of a watery grave the singer saw the funny side when his underclothes became caught up.

He recalls, "My long johns got caught. Even though I was desperate to get to the surface to breathe. I knew I had to go down again to take them off.

"I emerged wearing only my underpants."

01/06/2005 09:17