Brit becomes first person to swim in shark-infested waters around Grand Cayman – Reuters

Oly Rush from Poole, Dorset, undertook the 60-mile circumnavigation of the Caribbean island in just under 37 hours and found himself swimming in shark-infested waters at one point.

Oly Rush, 37, completed the 60-mile circumnavigation of the Caribbean island in 36 hours and 59 minutes
Oly Rush, 37, completed the 60-mile circumnavigation of the Caribbean island in 36 hours and 59 minutes

A British plasterer has endured 60 miles in shark-infested water to become the first person to swim around the island of Grand Cayman.

Eco-warrior Oly Rush, 37, completed the Caribbean island tour in just under 37 hours.

He was later taken to hospital suffering from dehydration.

Oly, from Poole, Dorset, said: ‘I got around but it was absolutely brutal.

“It was so difficult and we took the threat of sharks very seriously.”

He has partnered with Plastic Free Cayman and Project Planet for Endurance Swimming, which has so far raised over £18,000 to tackle marine pollution.

Oly said: “It took me to some dark places but I was never going to give up because I was so driven by the environmental cause.”

Last year Oly broke the record for 65 miles around the Isle of Wight but said Cayman was much more difficult.

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