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Amateur swimmers complete 70-kilometer Lake Geneva crossing

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 01:55

Three amateur swimmers, two in their late 40s and one in his early 60s, swim Lake Geneva in 32 hours and 7 minutes. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Three amateur swimmers, two in their late 40s and one in his early 60s, completed the 70-kilometer Lake Geneva crossing in 32 hours and 7 minutes on Tuesday (August 22). It's twice as far as crossing the English Channel and known as the "Ultimate Trophy Swim." Peter Whitehead, Nicola Naunton and Dirk Gewert named their team the The Lion, the Witch and the Dryrobe. They didn't know each other a year ago and Nicola didn't even know how to swim crawl three years ago. The British-based trio, who took it in turns to swim legs of between two to three hours began their journey at Chateaux de Chillon, a medieval fortress at the eastern end of the lake, and finished in Geneva itself. Local regulations required that for the swim to go ahead, it needed two coast guards on standby, a fully-equipped escort boat, two pilots and two official observers, including a fully trained lifeguard.

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Amateur swimmers complete 70-kilometer Lake Geneva crossing

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 01:55