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Франківчанка Марія Крестьянська у Фейсбуці  оголосила про заплив через протоку між Великою Британією та Францією завширшки 30 км.

Дівчину супроводжує човен Sea Farer, штурман якого стежить за безпекою плавчині. Марія Крестьянська стала першою  українкою, що вирішила переплисти Ла-Манш.

У 2006 році першим українцем, що переплив  протоку, став Ігор Ненько. Відстань між двома берегами він подолав за  10,5 годин.

Dear friends (and other interested people)Дорогі друзі та усі зацікавленніMariya is starting her 35 Km (or more)…

Опубліковано Mariya Krestyanska Неділя, 6 серпня 2017 р.

 

Dear friend (українською трішки пізніше, або спробуйте google translate)First and for most I would like to express my enormous gratitude to my crew — Mandy Summerfield, Joss Davis & Gareth Dickinson, as well as to my pilot Simon Ellis and his crew, and last but not least the king of the Channel himself — Kevin Murhpy for being my observer.They all kept me safe at all times and especially at the end, when the pilot made a decision to pull me out. I argued with him at the time, but in retrospective — it was the best decision he could have made for me and my life.In short — the last 2 hours of my swim I was seeing French cliffs a lot closer and at that time I truly believed I would make it there. Unexpectedly after an hour my stroke rate started to slow down drastically and when crew tried speaking to me, I thought they were all taking in Spanish. My brain did not respond to the fact — "WHY WOULD THEY BE SPEAKING SPANISH"?! -(early signs of exhaustion and possible hypothermia). I could not respond to them since I did not know what they were saying or understand what they wanted from me. The rest is a bit of blur — I was told to go on the other side of the boat to avoid diesel fumes at the back of the boat and started swimming further away from the boat. The crew kept shouting at me , but yet again I could not understand a word. Eventually pilot called me closer to the boat and stretched his hand to pull me up. I argued with him, as I could not understand why he was pulling me out, but obeyed, as the pilot has the last call on everything. My health and my life has always been a priority when doing this challenge and I therefore do not regret his decision!Unfortunately we now found out that a swimmer , who was swimming somewhere parallel to me, has been pulled out unconscious about an hour before me and later died on his way to the hospital. My heart goes out to his family and close ones, and to the English Channel community for such a tragic loss. Your support and messages meant the world to me during my swim. They kept me going and they kept me believing in myself, when times got hard. The Ukrainian flag on the side of the boat was my inspiration and I sang Ukrainian anthem to myself on so many occasions throughout my swim 🙂I am not beaten or sad. I am not regretful. I gave it all I had on the day and will cherish my first attempt across the English Channel for the rest of my life 🙂Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your positive energy, thoughts and prayers — someone up there must have heard them and kept me safe!Слава Україні!

Опубліковано Mariya Krestyanska Вівторок, 8 серпня 2017 р.

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