Submerged in water, with his neck chained to the floor of the 260-gallon tank, Matt Johnson's hands were cuffed through holes in its trapdoor roof.
Using a bobby pin, he picked both the handcuffs free and the collar off his neck.
Then came the hard part.
At Johnson's feet were 31 identical-looking keys. Thirty were useless; one would open the lock holding the door keeping him under water.
His lungs seared, begging for oxygen.
Where was that one key?
Johnson had come halfway around the world, from Abbotsford to Birmingham, to take a crack at fame: an audition on Britain's Got Talent.
But it was going wrong.
25 February 2017
Matt Johnson in the Abbotsford News
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