Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Freediver Ends Up Swimming Through Tons Of Rubbish


Australian freedivers Trista Fontana and Julia Wheeler had a disgusting encounter while training in Bali, Indonesia. They ended up having to swim through over three tons of rubbish, that included everything from human waste to paper, plastic, and other items.

The horrific and disgusting encounter occurred in the water off the paradise island of Bali, once famed for crystal clear blue waters and pristine beaches.

 “It was a real-life nightmarish horror movie happening before my eyes.”

While their experience was clearly a nightmare, the 3 tons of rubbish she swam through is a mere drop in the ocean in comparison to the estimated 5.2 trillion pieces of plastic floating around in our oceans, with over 8 million more tons being added every year.

Commenting on the whole event, Wheeler stated:

“Say goodbye to pristine beaches and look forward to a plastic paradise because here’s the proof – that’s where we are headed unless we all make a small change.”

Check out a video of the incident below.

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Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!


  1. Sam Helmy:
    Do you think for one moment that the industrialist even care? There are people up in the mid-western states that are trying to protect the water up there. When they finish putting that pipe through, it will be leaking oil everywhere including the rivers. What happened when the people protested? The police came and stood against them for protesting on their own land. Can you get some one with a plane to fly over the debris and take motion pictures of the vast areas to show just how invasive it is? How many environmental groups are there left these days that are trying to fight this thing?

  2. I feel this article is a little insensitive to post at this time. Bali will be having a tough time with the Volcano on alert 4, many tourist have left the diving areas already, the diving conditions are great at the moment, the trash mostly shows it’s ugly head in the wet season. Trash in the ocean is a problem. But can you time the posting of the article a little better.


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