UK diver swims for miles after shark scare

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Media caption The British man has told the particular BBC how he swam more than four miles to safety right after being “followed” by a tiger shark.

A British diver states he swam 7. 5km (4. 5 miles) to safety from the coast of Australia after dropping sight of his boat plus being “followed” by a shark.

John Craig, 34, have been spear-fishing underwater in Western Sydney on Friday when he come up and could not see the boat, becoming crewed by a friend.

Mr Craig said he observed a shark as he called plus splashed for help.

He then began a long swim returning to shore before reaching land plus walking for another 30 minutes until he or she was seen.

The particular Sunderland man, an experienced diver who else moved to Australia two years ago, mentioned the shark had appeared to be the tiger shark about 4m long.

“It was incredibly close and curious and held approaching me from different perspectives. It was trying to work out what I has been and whether I could be within the menu, ” he told the particular BBC.

“It had been terrifying. I thought I was just likely to be eaten out here in the center of nowhere… this shark is just not causing me alone. ”

Tense moments

Mr Craig said he positioned his spear gun between themself and the shark as it swam close to him in Shark Bay, regarding 800km north of Perth, their state capital.

He then chose to swim towards the Francois Perron Nationwide Park after spotting a reddish colored cliff “very low on the horizon”.

But Mr Craig said he was followed by the particular “curious” shark for about 15 minutes.

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Image caption The diver said this individual was thankful he was able to finish the swim

“At this point I thought I had been gone – 4 nautical kilometers out to sea with a huge gambling shark following me – I believed this was it, this is how I am going to expire, ” he said.

“I would look back and notice its head come out of the gloom and at my fins, keeping speed with me. ”

This individual said he felt almost like the particular shark was “escorting” him in order to shore, but after a time this disappeared.

Reduction at rescue

Mister Craig estimated he swam another three hours before reaching property, where he noticed an air plus sea rescue effort was below way.

Unable to obtain anyone’s attention, Mr Craig started walking towards a campsite till a plane spotted him regarding 30 minutes later.

“I could not believe that someone could go swimming that far in such a short period of your time, ” said Glen Ridgley, through Shark Bay Volunteer Marine Save.

“I guess where there’s a shark besides you spurring you upon… it’s like a trainer. ”

Mr Craig was reunited with his wife aboard one of the save boats. He has praised the fast response of the area’s search plus rescue authorities.

Their original boat had experienced mechanised issues but his friend has been OK, Mr Craig said.

Tiger sharks have the effect of the second-highest number of reported episodes on humans, according to the International Shark Strike File .

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