Toronto native and long distance swimmer, Samuel Bail, crossed the notorious English Channel in record time.
The 30 year old left England supported by his fiancee and cousin throughout the 32 kilometre swim which took Bail 15 hours and 25 minutes to complete. A week earlier another swimmer tried to complete the journey across the Channel and died in the process.
Bail is the 28th Canadian since 1951 to complete the gruelling 32 kilometre swim between England and France. The English Channel has sometimes been referred to as the “Everest” of swimming.
The first person to swim across the Channel was an English steamship Captain — Mathew Webb. He completed the crossing in 21 hours and 45 minutes in 1875. There have been a total of 3,481 Channel swims, with 1,619 individual swimmers completing a total of 2,123 solo swims.