Saturday 24 March 2018

Swimmer to dodge giant squid in ocean record bid

Nick Bramhill

EXTREME swimmer Steve Redmond will have to dodge giant biting squid if he is to succeed in his epic quest to become the first person ever to complete the gruelling Seven Oceans challenge.

The super-fit father of two arrived in Japan yesterday morning ahead of his third attempt at making history by swimming the treacherous 17-mile Tsugure Strait -- the last channel on his list.

Last month the 46-year-old, from Ballydehob in west Cork, was forced to abandon two separate crossings between the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido because of bad weather and deadly currents.

But yesterday Steve was confident it would be third time lucky and suggested he could make his latest attempt as soon as tomorrow.

His spokeswoman Christine Duggan said: "Steve got very close on his second attempt and spent 13-and-a-half hours in the water before he was forced to turn back.

"He'll probably start from somewhere different this time, but all being well and depending on the conditions, he could start the challenge as early as Tuesday.

"It's a very difficult swim because of the strong currents and also giant squid, which will sting you."

Steve will be followed by a support team during his punishing challenge, but strict rules stipulate that if he physically touches the boat his crew are manning he will be immediately disqualified.

And he faces a race against time, because a number of other marathon swimmers are praying they will beat him by being the first to complete the Seven Oceans challenge.

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