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Teacher makes history as first person to swim Channel from two different islands

David Coleman has now swum the Channel four times

David Coleman has now swum the Channel four times

A history teacher from Northamptonshire braved some of the most treacherous currents in the world to became the first man to swim to France from two Channel Islands. David Coleman, aged 57, swam across the Race, which is infamous for its strong tidal currents, to reach the Continent from Alderney in six hours and 23 minutes.

Now thrilled at his achievement, the Maidwell Hall School teacher said he had been distraught as he was just 100 metres from the French coast when the tide turned and took him back out to sea, making his task even tougher.

Mr Coleman’s latest cross-Channel swim, his fourth and, he says, his last, follows his swim from Jersey in 2013.

 

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