Romanian Avram Iancu’s bid to swim across the English Channel failed on Tuesday, as he was forced to abandon the attempt late in the day after more than 12 hours, because of the strong tide currents and with the exhaustion taking its toll.
Sources close to the 39-year-old librarian told Agerpres that his evolution during the day was good, but at around noon a strong current deviated Iancu from the best crossing route. Later on, however, things returned to normal, but at around 8 p.m. local time Iancu began facing the problems generated by the tide and was forced to abandon the race.
Iancu began crossing the English Channel at 7:39 a.m. local time on Shakespeare Hill Beach, which is located between Dover and Folkestone, on a rainy weather; he said he was optimistic about his chances to succeed. He was expected to arrive on the French shore somewhere in the Gris Nez area, as the distance between the two is considered the shortest, after having swum around 42 kilometers.
This is the Petrosani-born Romanian’s third attempt to swim across the English Channel wearing only swim shorts and a cap, as set by the norms for the certification of the performance laid down by Channel Swimming Association, the organisation accredited in this respect.
His previous bids to swim across the English Channel without a neoprene swimming costume were made in August and October 2014, but he was forced to cut off his race some 15 kilometres from the French shore, after the organisers urged him to do so because the high waves and strong currents would have put his life in danger.
Since the first person swam across the English Channel in 1875, only 1,310 persons have succeeded to reach the opposite shore alone, under the conditions set by the Association.