ELLEN DE LA CRUZ

English Channel, Ellen’s big swim! [LIVE]

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Many people have completed “The Everest” of swimming by traversing the 21 mile channel from England to France through choppy waves, jellyfish, and frigid water. However, my greatest challenge will be overcoming the effects of my Parkinson’s Disease during the 15 -20 hour swim. Please help me raise awareness and funds to find a cure for this progressive, neurological disease.

2:50 am GMT

On the boat!
Ellen, Lailani and Maureen

3:00 am GMT

3:25 am GMT

 

3:50am GMT

Lubing up

Dingy in the water

4:00am GMT

4:04 am GMT

START TIME!!

 

4:17 am GMT

Off with a strong steady pace

5:04 am PST 
First feed – Thumbs up!

5:30 am GMT

Feed 2

5:45 am GMT

6:04 am GMT

Feed 3

6:13 am GMT

Stay closer to the boat

7:03 am GMT

Feed 5

7:30 am GMT

Staying close. Time for next feed.

Feed 6

7:50 am GMT

Nearing the 4 hour mark, reached the shipping lanes. France is visible on the horizon!

8:20 am GMT

8:35 am GMT

9:05 am GMT

Time to pick up the pace!

9:15 am GMT

Over 5 hours and swimming strong!

9:20 am GMT

First buddy swimmer in the water. Go Lailani!

9:30 am GMT

9:40 am GMT

Hypothermia was setting in. Ellen was pulled from the water after completing just over 30% of the distance across the English Channel.
We are so proud of her bravery and strength!