No Arms, No Legs, No Problem for English Channel Swimmer

How’s this for an inspirational story?

A fantastic achievement, Philippe, you have the Bader spirit in spades. Your courage will inspire many – amputees and non-amputees alike.

Frenchman Philippe Croizon, who lost both arms and legs in an electrical accident in 1994, successfully swam across the English Channel yesterday in just under 14 hours, using a snorkel affixed to his face as well as some specially designed prosthetic flippers.

Philippe Croizon

Philippe Croizon

Croizon, who trained more than 30 hours a week for two years for this attempt, had been hoping to make the swim in roughly 24 hours. Instead, he made the 21-mile crossing from Folkstone, U.K., to Wissant, France, in just over half a day.

Back in 1994, Croizon made his living as a French metal worker when he climbed the roof of his house one day and made contact with a nearby power line. His life-threatening injuries required the amputation of all four of his limbs, although that hasn’t kept Croizon from living his life.

In fact, you’ll likely soon find his name on the official list of Channel-swim record-holders.

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