Forest Grove's Barber tackles North Channel swim

FGSD speech therapist Rijl Barber will attempt to swim the North Channel at the end of June.

The North Channel is the strait between the northeastern part of Northern Ireland and the southwestern portion of Scotland. It connects the Irish Sea with the Atlantic Ocean and has a rich maritime history ranging from the Revolutionary War to the Princess Victoria ferry disaster of 1953.

What does that mean to you and me? Likely not much, unless you're a history major or a sea captain regularly servicing Great Britain and Ireland. But to Forest Grove's Rijl Barber, it's a challenge she can't turn her back on.

Barber, 38, is planning to swim the channel late next month. If successful, she'll be only the 35th person to do so solo, and just the fourth American.

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