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Ocean Swimming Icon, Who Made the Headlines by Completing ‘The Swim From Hell,’ Miraculously Escaped a Great White Shark Attack in 2014

Published 12/31/2022, 4:30 PM EST

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Swimming in open water presents unique challenges that make it more difficult than swimming in a pool. The sport can take place in rivers, lakes, or the deep waters of the ocean. It is not limited by boundaries. The fact that the sport has several challenges that are faced by swimmers doesn’t stop swimmers from diving in. These challenges also include, once in a while, facing a great white shark.

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In 2014, LA County lifeguard and open water swimmer Steve Robles faced his worst fate. He was attacked by a shark while swimming off the coast of Southern California. This was the same shark that was hooked by a fisherman, which attacked the swimmer once it was released.


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Swimming through the dead deep ocean

The Swim Swam reports that Steve Robles and his friends were in the middle of a 2-mile swim when the shark struck him. The great white shark caught the right side of Robles’ chest with its jaws. Just as the shark lost its grip, Robles escaped, and his friends took him to the nearest hospital.

Robles was reported to be recovering after the shark attack. Although it left a permanent scar on the right side of his chest that would always make him remember this day. The swimmer also didn’t lose his consciousness while the shark attacked. He was reported to be extremely calm during the situation.


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The shark attack wasn’t the first time Steve Robles got attention in the swimming world. He also is one of the fearless people that made it through ‘The Swim From Hell,’ challenge.

‘The Swim From Hell,’ challenge is a 13-hour swim from Catalina Island to the mainland coast, specifically the Trump National Golf Club. Swimming for 23.9 miles in the middle of the ocean is insane. However, for Robles, it was just another hobby that he completed successfully in 2013.


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Written by:

Rahul Goutam Hoom


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Rahul Goutam Hoom is a US Sports writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Birla Global University. Rahul does photography and gaming during his leisure hours and likes to watch anime.
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