Limbless amputee swims English Channel | The Daily Dust delivering the best bric a brac, daily news and events with a British flavour

42 year old Philippe Croizon left Folkestone in Kent at 6:45am on Saturday, hoping to reach France within 24 hours – he arrived at Griz de Nez in France at 8:13pm after swimming 21 miles through the English Channel.

16 years previously, all four of the Frenchman’s limbs had been amputated following a massive electric shock while removing a television aerial from a roof.

Mr Croizon trained for two years before the feat and after it’s completion told the BBC that at no point did he feel he was not going to make it, despite pains and aches all over his body.

According to Philippe Croizon’s father, his son enjoyed favourable wind conditions and at one point even had three dolphins swimming alongside him, a “sign of good luck”.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>