Trinidad: Diver swims 44 miles to safety after shark encounter


A div­er lost at sea was able to swim ap­prox­i­mate­ly 44 miles, bat­tling strong cur­rents in the At­lantic Ocean, be­fore mak­ing it ashore in To­co on Thurs­day. Christo­pher Bu­gros, 24, be­came sep­a­rat­ed from his group as a 350-pound bull shark swept past them about 9 am on Wednes­day.

Bu­gros is now suf­fer­ing from ex­treme ex­haus­tion and de­hy­dra­tion and was re­ceiv­ing med­ical treat­ment at the San­gre Grande Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal. He spent al­most 16 hours in the ocean. By 6 pm he had al­ready been ad­min­is­tered four bags of IV drips, rel­a­tives said. Bu­gros was part of a group of four divers who left their re­spec­tive homes on Wednes­day to go div­ing off To­co.

At about 9 am while he and two oth­er divers were in the deep wa­ters a 350-pound bull shark wad­ed pass them. The trio tried to es­cape. Two of them man­aged to sur­face, how­ev­er, Bu­gros got in­to dif­fi­cul­ty and was swept away about 100 feet away from the boat by strong un­der­cur­rents, ac­cord­ing to his un­cle Ri­car­do.(Trinidad Guardian)…[+]