Today in totally heartwarming stories: A limbless man is planning on swimming around the world with the aid of fins attached to prosthetic arms and legs.
Philippe Croizon previously made headlines in 2010 for swimming the English channel in the same fashion, becoming the first quadruple amputee to do so - in less than 14 hours, no less.
According to the Huffington Post:
Croizon, 44, will spend his summer swimming between continents using prosthetic limbs and fins attached to the stumps of his legs. He'll swim with friend Arnaud Chassery, starting with a swim between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea in May.
"We are going to symbolically link the five continents, two little people like us, two little men, we're going to be able to build a bridge between the continents," he told the International Business Times."That means that we're going to bring them together. Which means no one is very far from each other. So even if we have different political opinions, or skin colors, or even with our disabilities, we all live on the same planet. And that's the clear message we want to send."
Croizon is expected to spend about 45 hours in the water, swimming a series of narrow straits that totals to about 53 miles.
[via Huffington Post]