A Croxley resident has completed an extraordinary feat by swimming across the Strait of Gibraltar for charity.
Anthony Jowers completed the solo swim in early September, when he swam the strait which separates Europe from Africa, and where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea.
After 10 days of waiting for the right conditions, Anthony and his team managed to set off at 9.30am on Monday, September 11.
Anthony swam more than 16km, tackling strong currents, tiredness, and dodging ships, as well as encountering some friendly dolphins along the way. Six hours later, he reached Moroccan soil.
Anthony said: “I just wanted to thank everyone who has supported me over the last days, weeks and months!
“It’s a dream come true, especially considering that literally this week 12 months ago I had shoulder reconstructive surgery and I never knew if I would swim again at this level!”
Through the challenge, Anthony has raised nearly £2,000 forGreat Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
The charity means a lot to Anthony, who said: “I have been able to see first-hand the amazing work they do when my eldest was under their care after he was born. The doctors and nurses who work there are an inspiration to me and many.”
Speaking to Croxley News, Anthony’s wife Marie-Noelle Calderan said: “It has been his childhood dream to do this swim. And although my heart sank when he told me, I thought, you only get one life, and I want to support him in what he wants to achieve.”
To find out more and donate to Anthony’s cause, head to shorturl.at/uyG58