Natasha Kaplinsky: We removed mirrors from our house after boating accident

Natasha Kaplinsky has said she removed mirrors from her house after she and her family were involved in a boat explosion last year, leaving them with severe burns.

The broadcaster also said she is undergoing a type of therapy used for extreme trauma as she spoke for the first time about the incident, which happened during a holiday in Corfu in June.

The former BBC newsreader was with husband Justin Bower, their children Arlo and Angelica, and her parents off the coast of the Greek island when a leak in the fuel pipe caused the boat they were on to blow up.

Kaplinsky became emotional during an appearance on ITV's Loose Women, telling the panel that she was trying not to cry.

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Natasha Kaplinsky attends The Pink Ice Ball in aid of Cancer Research UK at The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London, 8th October 2010.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Natasha Kaplinsky attends The Fragrance Foundation Awards at The Brewery on May 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky after she was awarded an OBE by the Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.
Myleene Klass And Natasha Kaplinksy Launch The Free From Hunger, The Next Phase Of No Child Born To Die Campaign With Save The Children. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 14: Natasha Kaplinsky attends the FiFi UK Fragrance Awards at The Brewery on May 14, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Natasha Kaplinsky arrives at the Mobo Awards 2004 at The Royal Albert Hall in London. Funny. ©suzan/allactiondigital.com
Natasha Kaplinksy arriving at the National Television Awards Party at the Royal Opera House, London. ©Doug Peters/allactiondigital.com
From left to right; Diana Moran, Natasha Kaplinsky, Bond girl Catherine McQueen, Emma B, Bond girl Rachel Grant, Nerys Hughes, Sarah Greene, Danielle Brown, Cath Riley, Jilly Johnson (back) and Lisa Riley join forces with 107 women, * ... on a "Bridge of Bras" to launch Breast Cancer Awareness Month for Cancer Research UK on the new Hungerford Bridge.
Natasha Kaplinksy with daughter, Angelica, 6, in Acton, W London, where they joined Save the Children's attempt to break the world record for the most people jumping in Christmas jumpers. (Photo by David Mirzoeff/PA Images via Getty Images)
Natasha Kaplinksy jumps on a trampoline with daughter, Angelica, 6, before leading a Save the Children's attempt to break the world record for the most people jumping in Christmas jumpers. (Photo by David Mirzoeff/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: In this handout image provided by the Electric Cinema, Natasha Kaplinksy attends the private screening of Mary & Martha, hosted by Emma Freud at the Electric Cinema on February 26, 2013 in London, England. The film, by Richard Curtis, which airs on BBC1 on Friday 1st March at 8.30pm stars Hilary Swank as Mary and Brenda Blethyn as Martha, an American and an Englishwoman who have little in common apart from the tragedy of losing a son to malaria, that unexpectedly brings them together. (Photo by Electric Cinema via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Kitty Buchanan-Gregory, Pippa Middleton, Natasha Kaplinksy and Emma Steer attend a drinks reception during the British Heart Foundation: Roll Out The Red Ball at The Savoy Hotel on February 11, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Myleene Klass And Natasha Kaplinksy Launch The Free From Hunger, The Next Phase Of No Child Born To Die Campaign With Save The Children. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) BBC anchorwoman Natasha Kaplinksy arrives at The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2005 at the Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2005 in London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Natasha Kaplinsky poses for photographers upon arrival for the Parkinson's UK Big Comedy Shake Up gala event, at a central London hotel, Thursday, Sept 27, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Natasha Kaplinsky and Dave Clark pose for photographers upon arrival for the Parkinson's UK Big Comedy Shake Up gala event, at a central London hotel, Thursday, Sept 27, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Justin Bower and Natasha Kaplinsky pose for photographers upon arrival for the Parkinson's UK Big Comedy Shake Up gala event, at a central London hotel, Thursday, Sept 27, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
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Justin Bower and Natasha Kaplinsky attend the premiere of The Cirque du Soleil new show Quidam, at the Royal Albert Hall, on Tuesday Jan. 7, 2014, in London. (Photo by Jon Furniss Photography/Invision/AP Images)
Natasha Kaplinsky arrives for the opening night of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a new stage musical based on Roald Dahl's popular story about Willy Wonka and his amazing Chocolate Factory, at the Drury Lane Theatre in central London, Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Natasha Kaplinsky takes pictures on her phone as she and Joely Richardson (not in picture) hand in a Save the Children petition with over 60,000 signatures to the Foreign Office, urging the government to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia at Victoria Tower Gardens in London. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 10: Natasha Kaplinsky attends the Opening Night performance of 'Cirque Du Soleil: OVO' at the Royal Albert Hall on January 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16: Helena Bonham Carter (L) and Natasha Kaplinsky attend Save The Children's Magical Winter Gala celebrating the 20th anniversary since the publication of the first of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter stories at The Guildhall on November 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Natasha Kaplinsky attends the Fragrance Foundation Awards at The Brewery on May 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Natasha Kaplinsky attends the Fragrance Foundation Awards at The Brewery on May 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Ricardo Guadalupe (L) and Natasha Kaplinsky attend Hublot 'Classic Fusion Chronograph Prince's Trust' launch at The Orangery, Kensington Palace on April 26, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hublot)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Natasha Kaplinsky attends Save The Children's A Night of Country at The Roundhouse on March 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: Natasha Kaplinsky attends 'A Night Of Motown' for Save The Children UK at The Roundhouse on March 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: Natasha Kaplinsky attends 'A Night Of Motown' for Save The Children UK at The Roundhouse on March 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Natasha Kaplinsky and Lord Jeffrey Archer attend a drinks reception during the British Heart Foundation: Roll Out The Red Ball at The Savoy Hotel on February 11, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Natasha Kaplinsky attends the British Heart Foundation: Roll Out The Red Ball at The Savoy Hotel on February 11, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
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Members of the Prime Minister's Holocaust Commission Natasha Kaplinsky (right) and Helena Bonham Carter (left) during a visit to The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, USA. (Photo by Charles Guerin/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 15: Natasha Kaplinsky attends the FiFi UK Fragrance Awards at The Brewery on May 15, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage)
Natasha Kaplinsky attending Save the Children�s Winter Gala, at the Guildhall in London. The fundraising event celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books. Picture date: Thursday November 17th, 2017. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Newsreader Natasha Kaplinksy joins Welsh award winners (l-r); Justin Hollins, Darren Jones and Kevin James at the Royal Mail's 1st Class People Awards in central London, on Monday March 27, 2006. Royal Mail Chief Executive Adam Crozier and Natasha Kaplinsky presented the awards at today's ceremony. See PA story INDUSTRY Postie. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Photo credit should read: Chris Young/PA.
Natasha Kaplinsky, who has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, outside Kensington Palace, London.
Natasha Kaplinsky attending the Fragrance Foundation Awards, held at The Brewery in London.
Natasha Kaplinsky (right) and Emilia Fox attending the Jacques Vert Group 2nd annual Coatwalk, to benefit Macmillan Cancer Support Care, at One Great George Street in central London.
Natasha Kaplinsky, arrives for the screening of David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive 3D, at the Natural History Museum, in central London.
Natasha Kaplinsky arrives at the Save The Children's 'A Night of Blues' event at The Roundhouse, Camden, London.
(From left to right) Former Atomic Kitten Star Jenny Frost, actress Michelle Collins and Breakfast News presenter Natasha Kaplinksy taking donations calls at London's BT Tower to boost vital fund. The British public has so far raised £25 million in two days, with at one point donations being received at a rate of £15,000 a minute.
Natasha Kaplinsky attends The Pink Ice Ball in aid of Cancer Research UK at The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, London, 8th October 2010.
Natasha Kaplinsky takes part in a Bumps and Babies mile, in aid of Sport Relief in Battersea Park, London.
Natasha Kaplinsky arriving for the Emeralds and Ivy Ball - in aid of Cancer Research UK - at Battersea Evolution in south London.
Natasha Kaplinsky arrives at Inspirational Women of the Year Awards 2009 at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London
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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall chats to Natasha Kaplinsky during a reception for the Royal Television Society at Clarence House in London on May 22, 2007.
Britain's Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, speaks to BBC television presenter Natasha Kaplinsky during a reception for the Royal Television Society at St James's Palace in central London.
Natasha Kaplinsky arriving at ITV's Royal Reception to celebrate it's 50th birthday held at The Guildhallin the City of London. Doug Peters/allactiondigital.com
Natasha Kaplinsky arriving at The Pink Ice Ball 2005 for Cancer Research UK, The Dorchester Hotel, London. Doug Peters/allactiondigital.com
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Hosts Terry Wogan and Natasha Kaplinsky.
Hosts Terry Wogan and Natasha Kaplinsky with the winner, singer Javine.
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Natasha Kaplinsky arrives for the Variety Club of Great Britain Showbusiness Awards, at the London Hilton hotel, Park Lane, central London.
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She said: "Something terrible went wrong with the boat after 15 mins of being on it, it was long enough for us to be very far away from anywhere.

"There was a leak, we now know, in the fuel pipe, and the boat stuttered and stopped.

"My husband made a phone call to get some advice and he was advised to turn the key to see what was happening with the pressure."

She added: "It was just like a James Bond moment, the whole boat just blew."

They were forced to tread water for 45 minutes before they were rescued, which Kaplinsky said was a "blessing", as it lessened the scarring from the burns.

Kaplinsky said that seeing her daughter Angelica suffering was one of the worst parts of the experience.

"There is nothing worse than being a mum and seeing your child injured," she said.

"I just kept on looking at her and her face, because that's what was injured for her and her arm, and thinking about her wedding day. It was just one of the moments where you think, 'I just can't bear it.'"

She said that she and Angelica competed to see who could grow their eyelashes and eyebrows back first.

She added: "It was almost better that we were both injured in the same way. If it just her, I couldn't have bared that, just to watch her go through it.

"We took all the mirrors away from the walls in the house and just stayed home for three months to see whose eyelashes and eyebrows would grow back first."

The former Strictly Come Dancing champion said she has since undergone eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) treatment, because she "needed to stop crying".

"EMDR is used a lot for extreme trauma and for war veterans as well," she said.

"For me, it was a very helpful process where I was holding onto these buzzers. It helped to move the trauma away from the immediacy of what was happening in front of me, where we were on a burning boat... to a bit further away in my mind.

"It's still very hard to talk about.

"My daughter is having EMDR at the moment.

"It is so helpful but a very, very painful process.

"Hopefully it will pay off in the long run, we have got to deal with it now."

Kaplinsky said she and her family are grateful to have survived the accident, adding: "It gives you an appreciation of how precious each day is."

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