30 Aug '11, 11am

Pictures: 70-year-old bids to become oldest to swim the Channel

Pictures: 70-year-old bids to become oldest to swim the Channel

A 70-year-old grandfather waded into the chilly sea on Tuesday in a bid to become the oldest person to swim across the English Channel. -- PHOTO: AP LONDON (AFP) - A 70-year-old grandfather waded into the chilly sea on Tuesday in a bid to become the oldest person to swim across the English Channel. Roger Allsopp set off from Shakespeare Beach in Dover, south-east England, at 8.00am (0700 GMT, 3pm Singapore time), heading for Cap Gris-Nez on the north-east French coast, some 34km away. The retired breast cancer surgeon, from the Channel Island of Guernsey, is accompanied by a support boat to help him navigate across one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. 'I've never been one to sit on my laurels,' said the grandfather of three, who is aged 70 years and four months.

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