Quadruple Amputee Swims Across the English Channel

Philippe Croizon, 42, lost his arms and legs in an electrical accident 16 years ago. But that hasn't stopped him from swimming across the English Channel in 13 and a half hours:

He had set off at 6.30am, expecting to spend up to 24 hours in the water. The swim was, he explained, "a symbol of overcoming your limits".

He added: "I've done this for myself, for my family, and for all those who have suffered tragedy and lost their taste for life."[...]

He propels himself using long flippers attached to the stumps of his legs, with attachments on his arms helping him to steer and a mask and snorkel to breathe.

The method lets him average about two miles per hour.


Link via Wired | Photo: Pierre Andrieu/AFP/Getty Images

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