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PARALYMPIC COMMENTATOR SWIMS BERINGS

Wednesday August 22nd, 2012
PARALYMPIC COMMENTATOR SWIMS BERING STRAITS

French swimmer, Philippe Croizon has succeeded in the final expedition to swim across waterways that separate continents despite having no arms or legs. It wasn't the longest of the tasks he set himself but was certainly the coldest, as he crossed the Bering Straits from Alaska to Russia in one hour and fifteen minutes. He originally intended to swim from Alaska's Little Diomede Island to the shoreline of Big Diomede but he was denied permission to enter the territory by Russian Authorities. His swim was terminated at the Russian maritime border near Big Diomede Island.

Philippe lost his limbs following an electrical accident in 1994 but the amputee decided to turn his misfortune into inspiration for what can be achieved even after the most terrible of life twists. His quest has also seen him swim the English Channel and the Red Sea.

Phillipe said, 'I wanted to say that we both linked the five continents despite one country's objection... Just to say that nothing is impossible. We can all succeed in life despite of what happens to us. There is no difference. We are all equal.'

The campaign was aided by Handicap International and Mr Croizon is now on his way to the UK to work as a radio and television commentator during the London Paralympics.
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