Maine Woman Swims English Channel at 60Posted by jcashman
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 60-year-old Maine woman is the new holder of the record as the oldest American woman to swim the English Channel.
Pat Gallant-Charette of Westbrook completed the 21-mile swim on Monday almost 16 hours after she entered the water in the English community of Dover.
It was Gallant-Charette’s third try to make the swim between England and France. In 2008 she had to be pulled from the water within two miles of the French shore.
While it was Gallant-Charette’s third try, it was her first shot at breaking the age record. The previous record was held by a 59-year-old woman.
The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/pRfMC9 ) says Gallant-Charette’s progress was being followed in Maine with the help of text messages sent by relatives watching her progress from a boat.
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.
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