SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A great white shark thwarted a Northern California man’s quest to become the first person to swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands.
The Marin Independent Journal reports (http://bayareane.ws/1I4DnQO ) Thursday that Corte Madera marathon swimmer Simon Dominguez was trying to swim about 28 miles Wednesday afternoon when his teen daughter, in a support boat, spotted a great white shark when he was just 3 1/2 miles from his goal.
After 18 hours in the frigid ocean, he reluctantly climbed into his support boat as the 12-to-15-foot great white circled the boat.
Out of the water, the 49-year-old, blood streaming down his chest from chafed skin around his neck, said he was disappointed.
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Four swimmers have swum from the Farallon Islands to San Francisco.
He said he’s unsure if he’ll attempt the swim again.