Limbless Frenchman to swim around world

 

Philippe Croizon learned to swim five years ago after losing his limbs in an accident
Philippe Croizon learned to swim five years ago after losing his limbs in an accident

Philippe Croizon, who became the first limbless man to swim the English Channel two years ago, is planning to swim around the world in record time in the next four months.

Mr Croizon, 44, from Châtellerault in central France, plans to swim four straits between five continents before the end of August, with long-distance swimmer, Arnaud Chassery. Only one swimmer has ever swum all four straits before.

In March 1994, Mr Croizon, then a 27 year-old steelworker, was electrocuted when manipulating a TV aerial which struck a power-line near his home. In the following months, both his legs and both his arms above the elbow were amputated.

Five years ago, Mr Croizon learned to swim. He devised a new method, using short, artificial leg extensions, flippers, a snorkel and what remained of his upper arms for balance. He was told, at first, that no one could swim like that. Three years later, in September 2010, he swam the 21 miles of the English Channel.

Mr Croizon and Mr Chassery, who have called their challenge Nager au-delà des frontières (swimming across frontiers), will represent Handicap International at events around the world during their venture.

"We will be campaigning to encourage a different attitude to disability, especially in the undeveloped world," Mr Croizon said.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in