Swim without Borders
The fantastic life of Philip Croizon.
In March 1994, at the age of 26, a French steelmaker lost his arms and legs to a severe electric shock.
On that ill-starred day, Philippe Croizon climbed onto the roof of his house to install a television antenna. From a passing power line, he received an electric shock, which could be fatal, but the Keeper did not allow it.
After lying on the roof for about 20 minutes, he came to himself and called for help from his neighbor. In the hospital of the city of Tour, he was amputated by hands and feet. There was no limit to the despair of a young man, but it seemed that his life had barely begun.
In the hospital on TV, he saw a swimming program. The other would simply give up, but Philip decided to live if fate had given him such a chance.
Coming out of the hospital with the help and support of friends and just strangers, he began an intense workout. He developed for himself all kinds of prosthetic flippers until he stopped on titanium ones.
Not only this, he wrote the book ‘I decided to live.’ In his plans was the conquest of all the straits on Earth, separating the continents.
He started with a swim across the English Channel. It is starting on September 18, 2010. It took 14 hours to cross the English Channel, even at the most difficult moments, Philip was sure that he would swim.
After the English Channel, Philip was ready for something more significant, big and important. He sought to tell all of humanity that the loss of arms and legs is not the worst thing, the main thing is not to lose yourself, your spirit.
In May 2012, Philip went to the Around the World. He swam from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia. I sailed for seven and a half hours and swam 20 kilometers. it was a 20-kilometer race, which he overcame in seven and a half hours.
In June, Philip crossed the warm waters of the Red Sea, sailing from Egypt (Egypt) to Jordan (Jordan). It was a heavy 19 kilometers and 5 hours.
In July, he crossed the Strait of Gibraltar.
Bering Strait submitted to Philip in August. This site was the most difficult in his entire journey. The water temperature barely exceeded zero, it was a real test. Filip sailed away from the American island of Kruzenshtern, having completed his journey on the Russian island of Ratmanov. The last four and a half kilometers submitted to him for one hour and twenty minutes.
He called swims ‘Swim without Borders’. At 44, he did something that was beyond the power of many people with all four limbs.
This is a fantastic, but real story one of many in my book “Baltic Regatta”.