Cancer survivor Sarah Thomas swims England Channel 4 times nonstop
It was a remarkable feat … times four.
Breast cancer survivor Sarah Thomas became the first person to ever swim the English Channel four times consecutively.
Colorado endurance swimmer, cancer survivor Sarah Thomas swims English Channel 4 times nonstop. https://t.co/knz1hx0yny
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 17, 2019
The Colorado native, 37, completed the challenge Tuesday morning after more than 54 hours of swimming.
Thomas, an ultramarathon swimmer, completed her treatment in last year. She has dedicated the swim to “all the survivors out there.”
The length of the swim route was expected to be a little over 80 miles. But as a result of the currents and tides, Outdoor Swimmer magazine estimated she traveled more than 130 miles.
Thomas posted on Facebook before the challenge that she admitted to being “scared” and said that the Channel can do “a lot of crazy things.”
The Guardian reported that Thomas drank a carbohydrate-laden shake every half hour to keep her body replenished. Her mother, Becky Baxter, said the shake was “tied to a rope” and tossed to Thomas from a nearby boat where a crew was keeping a watchful eye on her.
— AFP news agency (@AFP) September 18, 2019
“I’m really just pretty numb,” she said. “There was a lot of people on the beach to meet me and wish me well and it was really nice of them, but I feel just mostly stunned.”
Sarah Thomas has become the first person to swim the Channel four consecutive times.
Setting off just after midnight on Sunday, Sarah swam night and day for more than 54 hours, battling the currents for 84 miles.
— The Times Pictures (@TimesPictures) September 17, 2019