Swimmer Kevin Murphy was in training for his 35th crossing of the English Channel when he felt a gripping pain in his chest.
However his record-breaking feats of endurance have taught him to battle through pain and over the years Kevin has overcome numbing cold, fatigue and jellyfish stings so he wasnâ€™t going to succumb to what he mistook for a bad bout of indigestion.
Instead he finished the three-quarter mile swim, had dinner and went to bed. He woke in agony in the early hours of the next morning and instinctively knew that he was having a heart attack.
â€œIâ€™ve never known pain like it,â€ recalls Kevin, who first swam the Channel when he was a teenager. â€œOn the way to hospital I was biting the strap of my wifeâ€™s handbag. I really thought I was breathing my last.â€