A Wickham teenager who survived a â€œscaryâ€ 16-hour ordeal after becoming stranded while free-diving off the Pilbara coast swam for up to seven hours and thought he was going to die before he finally reached land.
Mr Saylor, who had been free-diving with three friends on Monday, was found about 6.40am on a beach on the south side of Delambre Island, by West Pilbara Marine Rescue.
After being released from Karrathaâ€™s Nickol Bay Hospital on Tuesday morning, Steven Saylor described how he swam for hours in rough conditions before he hit the shore at Delambre Island, off the coast of Wickham.
â€œEverything (was going through my head), am I going to die, just everything,â€ Steven told ABC Radio.
â€œMy main focus was just to get to land and I wasnâ€™t worried about anything else, just to get home.
â€œIt was dark when I hit land, but I was just looking up at the Rio Tinto wharf and I knew where Delambre (Island) was from there, so I just swam in that direction and found it which was pretty lucky.
â€œI was swimming for about five to seven hours maybe, itâ€™s crazy.
â€œI am not a good swimmer, but I just swam, I just didnâ€™t want to die, that was my main focus, I just swam.â€
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