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U.S. cancer survivor swims English Channel - four times

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U.S. cancer survivor swims English Channel - four times

U.S. cancer survivor swims English Channel - four times

Epic 54-hour swim sees Sarah Thomas become first person to cross Channel four times non-stop.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: IMAGE AND AUDIO QUALITY AS INCOMING SHOWS: SHAKESPEARE BEACH, DOVER, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 17, 2019)(ORIGINALLY RECORDED IN PORTRAIT FORMAT)(CHANNEL SWIMMING ACADEMY - MUST ON-SCREEN COURTESY CHANNEL SWIMMING ACADEMY 1.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) HEAD COACH, CHANNEL SWIMMING ACADEMY, LORETTA COX, SAYING (OVER PICTURES OF SWIMMER EMERGING FROM SEA ONTO BEACH): ''And there we are - history!

Whaayyy!

Well done Sarah!

It's going to be awfully hard to stand after all that time.

Ahhh!

How wonderful is that!'' 2.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) HEAD COACH, CHANNEL SWIMMING ACADEMY, LORETTA COX, SAYING (OVER PICTURES OF SWIMMER SITTING ON BEACH): ''Champagne, isn't that fantastic!'' 3.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) HEAD COACH, CHANNEL SWIMMING ACADEMY, LORETTA COX, SAYING (OVER PICTURES OF SWIMMER SITTING ON BEACH): ''Congratulations Sarah.

Awesome, epic, epic swim.

(cheering)'' 4.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) HEAD COACH, CHANNEL SWIMMING ACADEMY, LORETTA COX, SAYING: ''Sarah, you must feel ecstatic.'' (SOUNDBITE)(English), CHANNEL SWIMMER, SARAH THOMAS, SAYING: ''I feel a little sick!'' (laughs) (SOUNDBITE)(English) HEAD COACH, CHANNEL SWIMMING ACADEMY, LORETTA COX, SAYING: ''I'm not surprised!

But you're still eating!'' (SOUNDBITE)(English) CHANNEL SWIMMER, SARAH THOMAS, SAYING: ''It's been a while since I had something (inaudible).'' 5.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) CHANNEL SWIMMER, SARAH THOMAS, SAYING: ''I was throwing up, I was sick.

But she said you got this.

My husband said keeping going!'' 6.

BOAT GETTING PUSHED TO SEA WITH SWIMMER ON BOARD 7.

BOAT SAILING AWAY FROM SHORE 8.

BOAT HEADING OUT TO CHANNEL STORY: U.S. endurance swimmer Sarah Thomas become the first person to swim across the English Channel four times without stopping on Tuesday (September 17), refuelling only on a liquid formula during her 54-hour feat.

The 37-year-old woman from Colorado performed her record-breaking swim a year after receiving treatment for breast cancer, and dedicated her achievement to fellow cancer survivors.

She came ashore on a beach near Dover, on the south coast of England, exhausted and with a sore throat from all the salt water.

"I was throwing up, I was sick," she said, huddled in a towel.

In theory, the route that Thomas swam should have been 80 miles (130 km) long, but due to strong currents in the Channel she in fact swam 130 miles (210 km).

She said she saw lots of fish and jellyfish along the way.

Previously, four swimmers had crossed the water between England and France three times without stopping.

(Production: Hywel Davies)




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