By 42-year-old French quadruple amputee Philippe Croizon, 21 miles across the English Channel. Croizon, a former electrician, lost his limbs after he touched a live power line while adjusting a TV antenna in 1994. It was during his recovery that Croizon says he was inspired to attempt a Channel crossing by a documentary about the feat that he watched from his hospital bed. Following two years of conditioning Croizon (left, in training)—equipped with prosthetic flippers and with a snorkel to breathe—departed from Folkestone, in southern England, at 8 a.m. GMT last Saturday on a swim that he would knock off at a pace of roughly two miles per hour, about half the speed of a typical athlete. After a 13½-hour swim Croizon arrived in the French town of Wissant at 9:30 p.m., 11 hours ahead of schedule, and announced his intent to next swim from Europe to Africa via the Strait of Gibraltar.