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The 35-year-old endurance swimmer sets out on a record-breaking attempt to swim across the canal


The 35-year-old endurance swimmer is making a record attempt across the canal to make a 21-mile crossing to Calais in 10 hours (however, she will only spend 10 minutes on French soil to avoid quarantine).

  • Chloe McCardel will swim across the canal to France under quarantine rules
  • She plans to stay in the country for less than ten minutes before coming back
  • However, the 35-year-old swimmer is still not sure whether she will need to be quarantined afterwards
  • After the 21-mile crossing, she hopes to reach the British coasts again at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning

An endurance swimmer has started her record-breaking attempt to swim across the English Channel.

35-year-old Chloe McCardel began her 35th swim on the beach at Abbot & # 39; s Cliff near Folkestone on Saturday night to complete the 21-mile crossing to Calais in 10 hours.

After only a few minutes on French soil, she begins to swim back to an auxiliary boat and hopes to reach the British shores again on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

Ms. McCardel originally planned to leave at 10 a.m. on Sunday, but has been postponed due to potentially poor weather conditions.

It would be her 35th successful crossing of the Canal, beating British athlete Kevin Murphy's record of 34 men.

Endurance swimmer Chloe McCardel sets off from Abbotts Cliff beach near Folkestone for a record-breaking attempt to swim across the English Channel

If it were done, it would be the 35-year-old Australian's 35th successful canal crossing, surpassing British athlete Kevin Murphy's men's record of 34

If it were done, it would be the 35-year-old Australian's 35th successful canal crossing, breaking the men's record of 34 held by British athlete Kevin Murphy

The Australian previously said she would spend less than 10 minutes on French soil and hopes she won't have to be quarantined when she returns to Dover with her support crew.

The government announced on Thursday that people entering the UK from France after 4 a.m. on Saturday will be forced to spend 14 days in self-isolation due to the rising number of coronavirus cases across the channel.

Ms. McCardel told PA News Agency, “I have a little celebration planned in England with the support crew, team and volunteers who have been so helpful with this.

"So I hope the government allows us to do this without being quarantined," he added. "We're not going anywhere near the border guards or passport control, so I hope the quarantine thing isn't technically correct."

The Australian holds several world records, including the longest unsupported swim in the ocean ever – 41.5 hours in the Bahamas covering more than 77 miles.

She noticed that she had inquired what would happen when she reached France.

The 35-year-old has to reach land for her 21-mile trip to qualify as an official cross-channel trip and is unsure whether she will need to be quarantined on her return to UK soil

The 35-year-old has to reach land for her 21-mile trip to qualify as an official cross-channel trip and is unsure whether she will need to be quarantined on her return to UK soil

"I literally reach the bank and stand on land for a few minutes, then it's back in the water, swim to the auxiliary boat and head back to England."

Ms. McCardel received special permission from the Australian authorities to travel to the UK to complete three canal crossings in the past few weeks, which is in line with her level with Mr. Murphy's record.

She holds several world records for endurance swimming, including the longest unsupported ocean swim ever in the Bahamas in 2014.

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