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Island swimmer completes double Channel crossing

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JERSEY'S best-known long-distance swimmer completed a double crossing of the English Channel between Dover and Calais on Tuesday.

Sally Minty-Gravett, MBE, completed the challenge in 36 hours and 26 minutes, as well as raising funds for RNLI Jersey and for the Jersey Cheshire Homes through sponsorship

The 59-year-old made it to France in 15 hours and and three minutes, which is exactly the same time that she made when she first swam the Channel 40 years ago, before completing the return leg to Folkestone in Kent.

Mrs Minty-Gravett, who has swum the English Channel fives times in five different decades, was accompanied by a boat called Suva during the challenge, which was captained by Neil Streeter and after the swim, her husband Charlie said that her latest acheivement must rank at number one.

She was supported by Charlie, who waited for her in England, as well as her crew, which included Cliff Golding, Graeme Lowe, Tracy Clark and Bianca Kempster.

Read the full story in Wednesday's JEP.

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