A British tourist has been arrested after trying to swim with SHARKS – then threatening to kill a policeman.
Adrian Gregory Griffiths, 56, had been on holiday when he jumped in the sea and swam towards an enclosure with whale sharks in Cebu, Philippines.
Lifeguards ordered for him to stop but the drunk Brit ignored them and carried on towards to the 30ft long fish.
Police arrived and tried to stop him but he threatened to kill them – shouting that he would ”kill you in two days, skin you off and tear you into pieces’’.
Officers eventually arrested Griffiths, from Knutsford, Cheshire, and took him into custody after the incident on Sunday in the coastal village of Tanawan in the Oslob city.
Police Inspector Deni Mari Orbin Pedrozo, from the Oslob Municipal Police Station, said: ‘’This station received a phone call by tourism officer Mary Rose A. Buscas requesting a police assistance in the whale shark watching area for a drunk foreign tourist Adrian Gregory Griffiths, 56 years old, a British National.
‘’He directly swam towards the interaction area without any authority and orientation from any tourism officer.
”Responding Police Officers Judel Rivera and the Tourist Police Team Leader Humphrey A Alpas arrived at the area and saw the foreign national looking intoxicated and shouting at anyone.
‘’Officers approached the suspect to calm him down but instead he shouted at police officer Rivera and threatened to kill him, which prompted him to arrest him.’’
Griffiths was taken into custody while police prepared charges to file against him for ‘’violation of municipal ordinance, grave threat and disobedience’’.
He describes himself on social media as self-employed and was previously listed as the director of two different companies that have now been dissolved.
Swimming with whale sharks off the coast of Tanawan has been popular with tourist in recent years.
Local fisherman began feeding them to draw them closer to the shore but environmental groups have restricted the activity over concerns for the sharks’ welfare.