Sunday, February 8, 2009

PHOTO: Jennifer Figge, 56, Becomes First Woman To Swim Across The Atlantic Ocean

I'm always amazed at what the human body is capable of. And, Jennifer Figge's body and spirit is obviously amazing. It took her almost a month to complete her journey across the Atlantic ocean. Here's some details from the A.P.:

Jennifer Figge pressed her toes into the Caribbean sand, exhilarated and exhausted as she touched land this week for the first time in almost a month.

Reaching a beach in Trinidad, she became the first woman on record to swim across the Atlantic Ocean — a dream she'd had since the early 1960s, when a stormy trans-Atlantic flight got her thinking she could don a life vest and swim the rest of the way if needed.

The 56-year-old left the Cape Verde Islands off Africa's western coast on Jan. 12, battling waves of up to 30 feet (9 meters) and strong winds.

David Higdon, a friend of Figge who kept in touch with her via satellite phone, said she had originally planned to swim to the Bahamas, but inclement weather forced her to veer 1,000 miles (1,610 kms) off course to Trinidad, where she arrived on Feb. 5.

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Photo Source: David Higdon via AP


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