Limbless Frenchman Philippe Croizon starts world swim

A Frenchman who lost his limbs in an accident has completed the first part of his challenge to swim between five continents.

Philippe Croizon swam from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia with long-distance swimmer Arnaud Chassery and a local man who joined them to show his support.

Mr Croizon, who uses prosthetic limbs with flippers attached, took seven-and-a-half hours to swim the stretch.

He lost his limbs 18 years ago while adjusting a TV aerial on a roof.

"It was very, very hard," he said after the event, which involved crossing 20km (12 miles) between two points on New Guinea island which is shared between the two countries.

"It took us an hour-and-a-half more than we expected because we had to swim against the currents," he said.

He said they did not come across any sharks or jellyfish, but were joined by a Papua New Guinean man named Zet Tampa, who swam with them to show solidarity, Mr Croizon tweeted.

The swim had been postponed as Mr Croizon waited for a permit to enter Indonesia, which he received late on Wednesday.

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Frenchman Philippe Croizon, who lost his arms and legs in an accident, has completed the first part of his attempt to swim between five continents after swimming from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia. The Frenchman, who lost his limbs in an electrical ...
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Limbless Frenchman Philippe Croizon starts swim from PNG to Indonesia
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This file picture taken on May 27, 2010 shows French amputee Philippe Croizon swimming in the sea off the coast of France. He has begun swimming from PNG to Indonesia in the first part of four swims around the world. (PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/Getty Images) ...
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French amputee Philippe Croizon swims from PNG to Indonesia
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Limbless Frenchman begins epic world swim
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Limbless man swims from PNG to Indonesia
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Limbless Frenchman begins global swim challenge
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Limbless Frenchman swims from PNG to Indonesia
The West Australian
... a mission to swim between five continents. Philippe Croizon, 43, who swam the English Channel in 2010, left Papua New Guinea's fishing village of Wutung in the early morning to begin what he has billed as the Oceania-Asia stretch of his challenge.
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