Philippe Croizon Swims Across English Channel

By: Michael Stevens
Staff Writer
Published: Sep 20, 2021

Frenchman Philippe Croizon may have no arms or legs, but that did not stop him from swimming across the English Channel. He wanted to inspire people who have "lost their taste for life".

The determined man set off from Folkestone on the British side of the English Channel. Croizon, 42, was expecting the swim to take as long as 24 hours. However, he managed to complete his goal in only 13 1/2 hours.

"I've done it," he stated upon reaching the French coastline near Calais. "It's mad. I've done this for myself, for my family, and for all those who have suffered tragedy and lost their taste for life."

In 1994, the Frenchman had to have his arms and legs amputated after he suffered an electric shock when he was attempting to adjust his television antenna. He was standing on a ladder when it apparently touched a power line. He could swim by using specially designed leg prostheses.

They were designed with flippers on the end, so he was able to propel himself through the water. In addition, he used his upper arms to propel him with a crawling motion. This was not Croizon's first daring feat. In 2007, he parachuted from an airplane.

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