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Mike Perham to undertake Life of Pi lifeboat challenge

Life of Pi

Story by Jack Foley

ANG Lee’s Oscar-winning masterpiece Life Of Pi comes to 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on April 29 and to celebrate, Mike Perham, the youngest person to ever circumnavigate the globe by water, is spending a mammoth 227 hours in a lifeboat – one hour for every day that the heroic Pi Patel was adrift.

During his time at sea, Mike really will be living the life of Pi – he may not have a man-eating tiger to contend with but in all other aspects he will be walking – or paddling – in Pi’s shoes by learning to line fish, building a satellite raft, building a sea anchor and keeping a video diary so he can share his experiences, his isolation and his dreams of dry land.

Lee’s visually stunning, multi-Oscar-winning triumph saw BAFTA Rising Star nominee Suraj Sharma portray Pi as an inspirational young man determined to live long enough to see dry land again.

He learned how to survive at sea thanks to a combination of grit, determination and a handy seafaring manual that taught him all he needed to know.

Mike, on the other hand, may be better versed in the mores of the ocean but volunteer crew from the RNLI charity will be on hand throughout his grueling challenge to act as a real-life version of sea-faring Pi’s manual, showing him how to survive in all weathers and teaching him some of the tricks of their life-saving trade.

Mike Perham said: “I’m very excited to be recreating Pi’s incredible, inspirational journey to mark the film’s arrival on Blu-ray and DVD, and thankful to the RNLI for being on hand to guide me through some of the challenges I will face.

“I have tens of thousands of sea miles under my belt, but I have never spent any time in a lifeboat, let alone 227 hours. I hope the challenge will give people even the smallest taste of Pi’s own trials and it will certainly be a fresh challenge for me!”

RNLI Lifeboat Trainer, David Riley said: “During training, RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews experience extreme conditions including cold-water shock and how to re-right a life raft in pitch darkness. RNLI training is made relevant and repeatable so when the pager goes at 3am, and our volunteer crews set to sea, they can do their job as safely and as effectively as possible.

“Our training gives them the confidence and the experience needed to help save others at sea and we’re keen to pass on our knowledge to Mike during this challenge.”

Life Of Pi is available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD from April 29 and on digital platforms now from Twentieth Century Fox.<