Cancer survivor swims Channel four times non-stop in 54 hours

A US most cancers survivor has change into the primary person to swim throughout the Channel four times non-stop.

Sarah Thomas, 37, accomplished the problem in simply over 54 hours, arriving in Dover at about 6.30am this morning.

The Colorado swimmer informed BBC Breakfast she felt “really tired” and “stunned” after being handed champagne and sweets as she completed her marathon swim between France and England.

Ms Thomas accomplished therapy for breast most cancers solely a 12 months in the past.

Ahead of the problem, she introduced she could be dedicating the swim to “all the survivors out there”.

The swim was purported to be 84 miles, however Ms Thomas is prone to have executed 130 miles because of troublesome currents and tides.

Asked concerning the worst a part of her problem, Ms Thomas stated: “Probably dealing with the saltwater over four days, or two days, it really hurts your throat, your mouth and your tongue.”

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The 37-year-old additionally needed to cope with “a lot of jellyfish”.

She stated she had been “very prepared” for the climate, currents and chilly water, however admitted to feeling “pretty out of it” afterwards.

Sarah Thomas completed the swim at 6.30am. Pic: Channel Swimming Academy
Image: Sarah Thomas accomplished the swim at 6.30am. Pic: Channel Swimming Academy

The swimmer was fuelled by electrolyte and caffeine-filled drinks and a buddy often jumped into the water to move her food and drinks.

Elaine Howley, a member of Ms Thomas’s help crew, stated of the achievement: “It’s unfathomable, it is tremendous human, it is simply extraordinary.

“I’m unsure there are sufficient superlatives on the market to elucidate what this meant on many various ranges.”

Preparations for the swim had been put in danger when Ms Thomas started most cancers therapy.

Ms Howley stated: “Knowing the 12 months that she’s been by, with the most cancers, it is actually vital, it is large for her.”

Oceans campaigner Lewis Pugh, who swam the size of the Channel final 12 months, wrote on Twitter: “Extraordinary, wonderful, super-human!!! Just once we suppose we have reached the restrict of human endurance, somebody shatters the information.

“Huge congratulations to Sarah Thomas on swimming the English Channel 4x continuously!!!”

Ms Thomas has accomplished quite a lot of endurance challenges, together with swimming throughout Lake Powell in 2016, when she set a distance document of 80 miles in 56 hours non-stop.

She additionally turned the primary person to cross Flathead Lake in Montana in 2016 and crossed Loch Ness in the identical 12 months.

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