Quadruple Amputee Prepares For Another Ambitious Swim

By Meera Dolasia on April 29, 2012

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On September 19th, 2010, Philippe Croizon, made history by becoming the first quadruple amputee to swim across the 21-mile long English Channel. Now, the French resident is taking on an even bigger challenge - Symbolically link the world's five continents by swimming across the series of narrow straits that separates them.

The 44-year old and his training partner Arnaud Chassery, plan to depart from France on May 6th and begin by swimming from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia (symbolically linking Oceania and Asia). In the summer, they will go across the Red Sea between Jordan and Eqypt (Asia to Africa). Then it will be the Strait of Gibraltar, the 8.9 mile strip that connects Africa to Europe and finally, in the middle of August, the Bering Strait that separates Siberia and Alaska (Asia to America).

By the end of the  journey, which Philippe will undertake using prosthetic limbs and fins, he and Arnaud Chassery will have swam over 52 miles and spent at least 45 hours in the water.

A former metalworker, Mr. Croizon had to have both his arms and legs amputated in 1994, when he was just 26, after being struck by a 20,000 volt power line, whilst trying to dismantle a television antenna off his roof.

While recovering in hospital, he watched a documentary about swimming across the English Channel and decided he had to try do that. Realizing he needed some help, he contacted fellow Frenchman, Arnaud Chassery who had already done the arduous swim. Since then, the two have become friends, not to mention formidable swim partners that take on challenges most able-bodied people are afraid to.

Resources: Telegraph.co.uk, nydailynews.com, huffingtonpost.com

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  • JB6/7/2012
    He shouldn't have done that!!!!!!!!!!!! He probably hurt himself even worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • Lilyb2036/12/2012
      It is amazing that even far his loss he is still able to do amazing things that not everybody does,and how his body does not stop him from being an amazing person. Sorry I forgot to put my name before when I posted this.
      • chloe 6/13/2012
        thats a long way
        • shantal12/4/2012
          asome
          • kangarooooooooo2/3/2013
            crazy
            • me2/28/2013
              thats great. im glad hes able to attempt something like that after his limbs were gone.
              • happyjammin
                happyjammin3/26/2013
                Thats so inspiring!
                • jesse195763mmdj6/25/2013
                  he's amazing I can't even go diving
                  • indie5
                    indie59/4/2013
                    I liked this article because that man is very courageous and willing to do that very long swim. I think he is one of the most amazing people in the world
                    • mangoday23
                      mangoday237/7/2014
                      That is so inspiring and amazing

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