Ali Oetjen breaks down in tears and has a panic attack before sensationally quitting SAS Australia

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Ali Oetjen suffered a panic attack during Tuesday’s episode of SAS Australia, causing her to quit the hit series.

The 34-year-old former Bachelorette was sitting in a helicopter ahead of a jump into freezing cold water when she started to cry.

Although fellow recruit Merrick Watts tried his best to calm her down as he sat beside her, his efforts proved to be fruitless.  

Mind over matter: Ali Oetjen suffered a panic attack during Tuesday's episode of SAS Australia, causing her to quit the hit series

Mind over matter: Ali Oetjen suffered a panic attack during Tuesday’s episode of SAS Australia, causing her to quit the hit series

When it came to Ali’s turn to jump out, she became paralysed with fear, and sat clutching the sides of the helicopter.

As DS (directing staff) Billy Billingham repeatedly urged her to jump, Ali insisted she couldn’t do it.

‘I don’t want to go! No, I don’t want to go!’ a terrified Ali screamed as Billy tried to pull her out of the helicopter. 

Not coping: The 34-year-old former Bachelorette was sitting in a helicopter ahead of a jump into freezing cold water when she started to cry

Not coping: The 34-year-old former Bachelorette was sitting in a helicopter ahead of a jump into freezing cold water when she started to cry

Sitting tight: When it came to Ali's turn to jump out, she became paralysed with fear, and sat clutching the sides of the helicopter

Sitting tight: When it came to Ali’s turn to jump out, she became paralysed with fear, and sat clutching the sides of the helicopter

As she began to cry hysterically, Billy did his best to comfort her, before the helicopter landed safely back on the ground with Ali still in it. 

Huddled beside a tree, Ali struggled to calm herself down, prompting chief instructor Ant Middleton to step in.

‘I just couldn’t… I was just so scared. I don’t know. Fear of getting cold again, jumping out,’ she tearfully told Ant.

Calm down: As she began to cry hysterically, DS Billy Billingham did his best to comfort her, before the helicopter landed safely back on the ground with Ali still in it

Calm down: As she began to cry hysterically, DS Billy Billingham did his best to comfort her, before the helicopter landed safely back on the ground with Ali still in it

Still traumatised: Huddled beside a tree, Ali struggled to calm herself down, prompting chief instructor Ant Middleton to step in

Still traumatised: Huddled beside a tree, Ali struggled to calm herself down, prompting chief instructor Ant Middleton to step in

He assured her she’d done a great job to come this far, explaining ‘it takes a unique individual to do the job that we do’.

‘Listen, it’s just not for some people. There’s no shame in that. You’ve got to beyond your limitations. So you should be extremely proud of where you are right now,’ he continued.

The tough-talking instructor added: ‘You’ve done amazing, honestly. Absolutely amazing.’ 

'I just couldn't... I was just so scared. I don't know. Fear of getting cold again, jumping out,' she tearfully told Ant Middleton

‘I just couldn’t… I was just so scared. I don’t know. Fear of getting cold again, jumping out,’ she tearfully told Ant Middleton

Hug it out: Taking heed of his words, they then shared a hug, before Ali turned over her armband, marking her departure

Hug it out: Taking heed of his words, they then shared a hug, before Ali turned over her armband, marking her departure

Taking heed of his words, they then shared a hug, before Ali turned over her armband, marking her departure.

‘I have achieved a sense of feeling so proud of myself, that I pushed myself to limits that I didn’t even know I had. It’s just taught me so much,’ she later said.

‘I feel like all that pain and the suffering and the growth that I’ve had is absolutely immeasurable.’ 

'I have achieved a sense of feeling so proud of myself, that I pushed myself to limits that I didn't even know I had. It's just taught me so much,' she later said

‘I have achieved a sense of feeling so proud of myself, that I pushed myself to limits that I didn’t even know I had. It’s just taught me so much,’ she later said

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