Four ex-servicemen become first amputees to swim the English Channel


Four hero ex-servicemen including a Royal Marine and a submariner have become the first amputees to swim the Channel.

Conrad Thorpe, Jamie Gillespie, Stephen White and Craig Howorth, who have all lost part of their legs, completed the 21-mile crossing in an impressive 12 hours 14 minutes.

None of the four wore a prosthetic for the swim which made them the first-ever amputees to swim from Dover to Cap Griz Nez near Calais.

Their achievement has been officially recognised by the Channel Swimming Association.

Read The Plymouth Herald

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