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Quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon swims from Alaska to Russia

by | 20th, August 2012

PHILIPPE Croizon, 44, has just swum between Alaska and Russia. M. Croizon has no limbs. (Read more about his story here.) All four limbs were amputated in 1994.

The 44-year-old made the trip from Alaska’s Little Diomede Island to the Russian maritime border near Big Diomede Island, a distance of some 2.5 miles in freezing seas with big swells and a view obscured by fog. The swim took him around hour and 15 minutes. Back in May, he swam from Australasia to Asia, making the 12 miles journey from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia in seven-and-a-half hours. In June, he swam from Egypt to Jordan. M. Croizon swims between continents.

Quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon leaves Dalia Beach in northern Morocco after swimming across 9 miles (14 kilometers) of the Straits of Gibraltar, Thursday, July 12, 2012, in around five hours. The quadruple amputee, who lost his arms and legs in an electrical accident, has already swum the English Channel as well as between Indonesia and Papua-New Guinea and between Asia and Africa. (AP Photo/El Yaakoubi Aziz)

Philllipe Croizon, a Frenchman whose arms and legs were amputated ,holding a French flag during a press conference in Wissant, northern France, Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, after crossing the English Channel this weekend using leg prostheses that have flippers attached. Croizon, 42, had expected the tough crossing to take up to 24 hours and instead, he finished in only 13 and a half. (AP Photo/ Michel Spingler)

Frenchman Philippe Croizon is fitted with prosthetic legs with flippers attached by team members during a training session in Folkestone, Kent, before his attempt later this week to become the first limbless person to swim the Channel from Folkestone to France a distance of 21 miles.



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