24 May '11, 5am

Limbless French swimmer who swam the English Channel now plans to swim in waters crossing 5 continents

Limbless French swimmer who swam the English Channel now plans to swim in waters crossing 5 continents

Philippe Croizon, 43, who lost both his arms and legs in an electrical accident 17 years ago, has begun preparing one year ahead to swim hundreds of kilometres in waters connecting five continents from May to August. -- PHOTO: AFP PARIS - A FRENCHMAN who gained fame for swimming the English Channel with no arms or legs has set himself a new challenge: to cross five continents in waters marked by sharks, poisonous jellyfish, icy currents and cargo ships. Philippe Croizon, 43, who lost both his arms and legs in an electrical accident 17 years ago, has begun preparing one year ahead to swim hundreds of kilometres in waters connecting five continents from May to August. 'My crossing of the Channel was a message of hope and of life to all my fellow companions in misfortune,' Croizon said, who will be accompanied by long-distance swimming champion Arnaud Chassery, 34. 'With this...

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