You certainly don’t see this every day—or ever: A Frenchman and former spy convicted of “economic misdeeds” made a daring escape from the United Arab Emirates last summer by hiding a wetsuit under a burqa and swimming to a police patrol boat. Herve Jaugbert alleged that Dubai police were going to throw him in jail for a crime he did not commit, so the 53-year-old put on a full-length diving suit (complete with breathing equipment) and swam to a nearby coast guard station, escaping his sentence. He transferred to a dinghy, and then met with a former French agent and the two sailed to Mumbai, reports the Daily Mail. He now lives in Florida with his wife and two children, and says if he hadn’t left, “he’d be stuck in the same nightmare as the others”—the expatriate businessmen stuck in Dubai for alleged “economic crimes.” And the pictures of the burly, burqa-clad man? They need to be seen to be believed.