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Trinidad Diver Survives a 44-Mile Swim

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A very lucky young man survived 16 hours in the water when he got separated from his boat while spearfishing off the coast of Trinidad on April 10, and ended up swimming 44 miles to shore.

Christopher Bugros, 24, blamed strong undercurrents and an unexpected encounter with a bull shark for his parting ways with three diving friends while on a 9 a.m. dive. He surfaced but was unable to make it back to their boat, and although he saw them searching for him, Bugros' friends were unable to locate him. He ended up a mile from the boat before his buddies gave up the search to go back to refuel. Even when he saw them return later, Burgos was unable to attract their attention with his whistle....

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