Limbless Frenchman Swims Across Bering Strait
Philippe Croizon has just accomplished what most people would not even dream of: swimming 2.5 miles.
The distance itself is daunting but add to that it was in 39 F waters against strong currents to swim from Alaska to Russia between the Islands Little Diomede (USA) and Big Diomede (Russia). If that isn’t daunting enough add to the fact that Croizon has no limbs, reports the AFP.
If that wasn’t enough add to the list of accomplishments that this last swim completed his quest to swim across similar links between all the continents.
“This was the hardest swim of my life, with a water temperature of four degrees Celsius (39 degrees Fahrenheit) and strong currents,” Croizon told AFP after reaching the Russian island.
“We made it,” said the 44-year-old.
Of all the things one might think to look upon Croizon, you might not list world class swimmer or extreme swimmer but that is what he is.
Croizon again proves that you can do anything you set your mind to.
“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 said.
He had the amputations after an accident on a roof in 1994, when a high-voltage power cable discharged through a metal ladder he was standing on.