The English Channel is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that separates Great Britain from northern France.
People who attempt to swim the channel have to contend with 15 degree water, strong winds and rough sea conditions as well as exhaustion and stress of sea traffic in one of the world's busiest shipping corridors. The 34-40km swim is considered the Everest of open water swimming.
Over the English summer this year (July-Sept) a group of Seven Perth swimmers will all be making solo attempts to cross the channel, knowing that 90 percent of those who start, do not finish.
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