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Quest to Link 5 Continents completed by Limbless French Swimmer

by Kathy Jones on August 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM
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Quest to Link 5 Continents completed by Limbless French Swimmer

It has emerged that a man from France, who lost all his limbs in an electrocution accident, has linked five continents by swimming.

Using tailor-made flippers, Philippe Croizon finished his quest by crossing between the US island of Little Diomede and Great Diomede in Russia, joining Asia and the Americas, the BBC reported.

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The 44-year-old swam three other straits since May.

Reaching shore, he said the icy waters had been a challenge.

"This was the hardest swim of my life, with a water temperature of four degrees Celsius (39 degrees Fahrenheit) and strong currents," he said. "We made it."
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He swam the 4.3km (2.7 miles) stretch in the Bering Strait in one hour and 20 minutes, accompanied by friend and long-distance swimmer Arnaud Chassery.

Croizon said he hoped to be an encouragement to other disabled people.I tell them: 'Everything is possible, everything can be done when you have the will to go beyond yourself.'

We're all equal, disabled and non-disabled people on all continents," he added.

In past months he swam between Papua New Guinea and Indonesia to link Oceania with Asia, across the shark-infested Red Sea to link Africa to Asia, and across the Strait of Gibraltar between Europe and Africa.

He had his limbs amputated after an accident on a roof in 1994, when a high-voltage power cable discharged through a metal ladder he was standing on.

Source: ANI
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