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Tom Jones says divine intervention saved his life when he was in shark-infested waters off Mexico

Sir Tom Jones has said that divine intervention helped guide him back to shore and save his life when he was struggling to swim in shark-infested waters.

The singer, 80, explained how while he was working in America in the late 60s he took a trip to Acapulco, Mexico, and went to a beach BBQ where he got into trouble.

Speaking on Alan Carr on his Life’s A Beach podcast, Tom detailed how he’d usually keep his jewellery in a man bag but had left his cross chain necklace on for the dip in the water that day.

Close call: Tom Jones has said that divine intervention helped guide him back to shore and save his life when he was struggling to swim in shark-infested waters off Mexico

Reflecting on his incredible music career, Tom explained that he was working on his TV show This Is Tom Jones, which ran from 1969 to 1971, he’d leave the US so he could work more days on his visa. 

Tom then told how on one trip he’d been enjoying a holiday with family and friends in Mexico when a pal who owned a night club invited him to a lagoon.

The star explained: ‘Me, schmuck, thought just over this dune is the ocean… so I wonder off like a fool, and I look at the calm water and think it looks lovely out there.

‘I go through the breakers and start swimming out, then somebody comes looking for me, standing on the beach and I look at them and the fellas about this big.’

Scary: The singer, 80, explained how while enjoying a beach barbecue at a lagoon during a trip to Acapulco, Mexico, he got into trouble swimming (pictured in Barbados in 1976 with former Miss World Marjorie Wallace)

Scary: The singer, 80, explained how while enjoying a beach barbecue at a lagoon during a trip to Acapulco, Mexico, he got into trouble swimming (pictured in Barbados in 1976 with former Miss World Marjorie Wallace)

Realising he was further out than safe, Tom continued: ‘I swam down and hadn’t moved an inch. I thought, “This is it now”.’

Tom then told Alan that on the particular day he was wearing his cross necklace, which he usually takes off while swimming.

He said: ‘I always used to take my jewellery off and put it in my man bag, for some reason I didn’t. I put my hand on my chest and still had this big cross and chain on.’ 

He said: ‘I put my hand on it and said, “God, I’m desperate here. What do I do?” I was going to give up. I thought I’d take a load of water in and say good night.

‘A voice came to me and said, “If you think you can swim, now is the time to prove it”.

‘So I start to head towards the beach, head down I go like the clappers. I’m caught in the breaker and I’m looking for the light to find what way is up, because I’m spun.

‘Surely I’m going to be thrown on the beach and break my neck? The wave tossed me on to the beach.’

Tom added that he later learned that the beach he was swimming at was surrounded by shark-infested waters, with his pal saying they ‘never’ go into the ocean. 

Podcast host Alan then asked him: ‘So, you think that was God, not a lifeguard with a megaphone?’

And Tom replied: ‘Definitely, on my life. Then I talked to real swimmers who said the undertow was taking you out to sea, you have to go left or right or you’ll never make it. There’s no way, you must have had some divine thing. It was not your time to go.’

It comes after Tom admitted he is ‘aware I’m feeling older’ but isn’t frightened of it. 

But the singer shows no signs of slowing down as he prepares to release his 42nd album, Surrounded By Time – the first since losing his beloved wife Linda in 2016.

Speaking about getting older, Tom said his son Mark has noticed him looking down when he walks and that he does it because it would be ‘harder for me to get up now’.

Feeling old: Tom recently admitted he is 'aware I'm feeling older' but isn't frightened of it (pictured last month)

Feeling old: Tom recently admitted he is ‘aware I’m feeling older’ but isn’t frightened of it (pictured last month)

Tom told The Sun: ‘I’m aware of feeling older and I wanted to address it. I’m not frightened of it. 

‘My son says he’s noticed how when I’m walking I’m looking down a lot. I say that it’s because I don’t want to trip over, if I hit the floor, it’s harder for me to get up now than when I was young.’ 

During the interview, Tom also spoke about why he moved back to London after living in LA for 41 years. The Sex Bomb hitmaker said the couple had always planned on returning to the U.K. because Linda was homesick. 

He said: ‘I started looking for flats in London while Linda was still alive but then she got worse and found it was cancer and she said, “We’ve left it too late for me, but not for you, Tom”.’

Linda died April 10, 2016 – in Cedars Sinai Hospital, LA – at the age of 75 after a ‘short but fierce’ battle with lung cancer.

Soulmate: But he shows no signs of slowing down as he prepares to release his 42nd album, Surrounded By Time - the first since losing his beloved wife Linda (pictured 1967)

Soulmate: But he shows no signs of slowing down as he prepares to release his 42nd album, Surrounded By Time – the first since losing his beloved wife Linda (pictured 1967)

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