Limbless Frenchman to swim around the world
Philippe Croizon swims with fins attached to stumps of legs
A Frenchman announced plans this week to swim around the world despite having no arms or legs.
Philippe Croizon and his swimming partner Arnaud Chassery want to link the world's five continents by swimming across a series of narrow straits that separate them, Reuters reported.
Croizon lost his limbs following an electrical accident, and said he wants to send a universal message with the feat.
"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... That means that we're going to bring them together. Which means no one is very far from each other. So even if we have different political opinions, or skin colours, of even with our disabilitites, we all live on the same planet. And that's the clear message we want to send," he said.
Croizon has already swam the English Channel, and uses prosthetic limbs and fins attached to the stumps of his legs to make his way through the water, The Daily Telegraph reported.
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), Sky News reported.
They plan to finish in the middle of August, after a brief trip to the White House.
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