Now I know you think you’ve heard it all before – not this time you haven’t. A limbless man yesterday started his swim around the world.
Frenchman Philippe Croizon – who lost all four limbs nearly two decades ago, age 26, following a 20,000 electric shock – takes on a mammoth four swims over the next few months that will take him between the straits of Oceania and Asia; Africa and Asia; Europe and Africa; and Asia to America.
In 2010 he swam the English Channel, but let’s face it, there’s not so many sharks and poisonous critters to avoid there, although we’ve got it covered with the behemoth tankers and ice-cold currents.
The first part of the trip, from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia, was completed yesterday (Thursday May 17 2012) accompanied by long-distance swimmer Arnaud Chassery, and a local Papua New Guinean, Zet Tampa, who just joined them for support. This being the point of the whole thing. Croison told Reuters last month:
Two little people like us, two little men, we’re going to be able to build a bridge between the continents… That means that we’re going to bring them together. Which means no one is very far from each other. So even if we have different political opinions, or skin colors, of even with our disabilities, we all live on the same planet.
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