Yesterday, student Kevin Mitchell ’12 along with two others, completed his swim across the English Channel in 9 hours and 38 minutes covering approximately 40 miles in open water. The direct line route across the Channel is far shorter. However, currents in the water dictate that swimmers must take a more convoluted route.
The last several hours of the swim were in darkness with a small light hanging off the side of the guiding boat serving as the only point of reference. This phenomenal achievement is made all the more remarkable when one considers that the rules for cross channel swimming dictate that wet suits cannot be worn. The cold presented, by far, the biggest challenge. The average water temperature being a chilly 17 degrees.
The purpose of Kevin's swim was to raise money for Help the Heroes charity.