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Channel swim

Douglas Waymark dies attempting to swim English Channel

A man has died during an attempt to swim the English Channel as part of a gruelling triathlon.

Douglas Waymark, 44 from Cheltenham, got into difficulty about half way across, 12 nautical miles from Dover.

The coastguard received a radio call from a support vessel at about 21:20 BST on Monday.

A search and rescue helicopter arrived within 10 minutes and airlifted the swimmer to William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, but he later died.

The endurance athlete had been taking part in the Enduroman arch to arc triathlon.

Pat Gallant-Charette, 66, takes 18 hours to swim across English Channel

A 66-year-old from the United States has become the oldest woman to swim across the English Channel.

Pat Gallant-Charette battled lower-than-expected water temperatures, difficulty keeping her food down and a jellyfish sting on her face. She wrote on her blog that she also saw a large dorsal fin that turned out to be a sunfish, not a shark.

Twelve to Swim the English Channel

American-French Relay Team Will Commemorate the Arrival of U.S. Troops in France 100 Years Ago for World War One

A team of six American swimmers and six French swimmers is preparing to cross the English Channel from Dover to France in a joint relay swim to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of U.S. troops in France for World War One.

The former extreme skier who has been crippled by MS but won't let it stop him swimming the Channel

The sea is a chilly 11 degrees, and I’m in a head-to-toe wetsuit. After 30 minutes I can’t feel my feet. 

Mike Dawson, on the other hand – in just a pair of red Speedos – looks unconcerned.

He moves through the water with a kind of ease that I, at 26 and in what I’d consider to be pretty good shape, can only hope to achieve.

You would never know from watching him swim at an impressive pace but, while he may kick every now and then, in essence, he swims using only muscles from the waist up.

Seven Sisters College Women to Swim Both Ways Across Catalina Channel in Unique 40-Mile Relay Event

LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Six female athletes are coming together to swim 40 miles this summer — across the Catalina Channel in both directions — as a statement of teamwork and empowerment for women everywhere.

The two-way Catalina Channel open-water swim will be completed by a group of six women representing the iconic Seven Sister Colleges. The swim is scheduled to begin in the evening of Friday, June 16th, from the Palos Verdes Peninsula; the total distance to be swum is approximately 40 miles. The women swimming across the channel are all either current students or alumnae of the Seven Sisters Schools (which include Smith College, Wellesley College, Bryn Mawr, Vassar, Mount Holyoke, Barnard and originally Radcliffe).

First Tasmanian to swim English Channel celebrates 10th Anniversary with 10k swim in Scots Loch

Swimming 10k is nothing for elite swimmer Anne Steele. She spent her last holiday swimming from island to island in the Maldives where the water is 29 degrees and clear. In Loch Earn in the highlands of Scotland the water is a pitch-black 13 degrees. Anne's main problem is finding water in Tasmania that is cold enough. Listen as she outlines her training plan (including lying in ice baths) and shares the connection this swim has with her late Father.

Rory joins select few to brave the chilly English Channel

A HAMPSHIRE man has become one of the first people to swim the English Channel before the summer months.

Rory Fitzgerald joined seven other cold acclimatised swimmers to attempt the earliest, and coldest cross-channel relay swim.

The channel swimming season normally starts in June, when water temperatures rise above 14°C. The previous earliest recorded successful swim was accomplished by Howard James in May last year, who organised the team’s venture.

Shakespeare Beach footbridge at Aycliffe, Dover, reopens after Christmas Eve 2015 storm

Channel swimmers can return to their traditional launch base this summer after Aycliffe’s rail footbridge was reopened.

The bridge had been destroyed with the Dover to Folkestone line and sea wall by a storm on Christmas Eve 2015.

The line and sea wall reopened last September and the bridge was formally reopened today.

‘Pinoy Aquaman’ completes 25th open-water swim

Ingemar Macarine, nicknamed “Pinoy Aquaman”, added another feather to his cap after he conquered a 13-kilometer open-water swim today in Limasawa Island, Southern Leyte.

Macarine eyes new open water swim

AFTER failing to cross Gingoog Bay which connects Camiguin Island and Misamis Oriental last January, Pinoy Aquaman Ingemar Macarine is now setting his sights on crossing Triana Port in Limasawa Island to Padre Burgos Port in mainland Southern Leyte today.

Macarine, a lawyer and an environmentalist, aims to cross the 13k distance as one of the highlights of the 496th anniversary of Limasawa Island’s historic First Mass by the Spanish missionaries.

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