Limbless man swims between US and Russian Isles

August 20th, 2012 - 7:43 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Bering Strait, Aug 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A limbless man has challenged many when he swam from America to Asia within less than two hours.

Quadruple Amputte Philippe Croizon is the alleged Frenchman who managed to cut through the currents of the sea from Alaska to Russia using the help of paddle-like prosthetics. He lost his limbs when he was involved in a 20,000 volts accident, which cost him his limbs in 1994.

This was considered as a very bravery act because apart from maneuvering through the water, he as well persevered in the freezing water of about four degrees Celsius.

On top of this he went against the heavy waves of the sea which sometimes pushed him backwards. But because he knew his aim and wish he struggled until the end where he came out victorious. While he was swimming, the heavy fog gave him difficulties in viewing which was another challenge that he had to go through.

The distance that he covered was estimated to be about 4kilometers. He admitted that the activity was very challenging and that it was the hardest thing that he has ever done in his life. During the activity he was accompanied by along distance swimmer incase he faced any difficulties that he could not tackle alone. He is regarded as the second person to manage to swim from Alaska to Russia.

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