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Limbless Frenchman to swim around the world

French swimmer Philippe Croizon, who has no arms or legs, plans to swim around the world by tackling crossings between all five continents with swimming partner Arnaud Chassery.

“We are going to symbolically link the five continents, two little people like us, two little men, we’re going to be able to build a bridge between the continents. So even if we have different political opinions, skin colours, or even with our disabilitites, we all live on the same planet and that’s the clear message we want to send,” he said. Since childhood, Mr Croizon had dreamed of swimming the English Channel. However, when he was 26 he suffered a powerful electrical shock while changing a television antenna, after which all four limbs had to be amputated.

The pair plan to leave France on May 6 for the first leg of their journey, linking Australasia and Asia by swimming from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia. Over the summer they will then cross the Red Sea (Asia to Africa), the Strait of Gibraltar (Africa to Europe) and the Bering Strait (Asia to America).