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Friday, June 29, 2012
Penny Palfrey Attempts Crossing of Florida Straits
Havana, Cuba, June 29.- British-Australian swimmer Penny Palfrey launched into the 90-mile crossing of the Florida Straits on Friday after
telling reporters that her initiative is a symbolic effort tying friendship links between the Cuban and the US people. If she makes it, the crossing will add a new record to her life as a swimmer.
Palfrey is making her crossing between Cuban and the Florida Keys
protected by a special electronic system against sharks, which pose the
biggest threat in the straits, and she will be escorted by team of
doctors, pilots and weather experts.
The protection system scares sharks away without hurting them, said the swimmer who noted that they have always protected the environment. The hot Caribbean sun and the strong Golf current are another two challenges
facing Palfrey, who will turn 50 years old in July.
The renowned swimmer previously set a 108-kilometer solitary swimming record after crossing shark-infected ocean waters between to isles in the Cayman Islands. Along with this, Palfrey also successfully crossed the
Molokai channel, in Hawaii, and the Santa Barbara Channel, in the United States, as well as the Strait of Gibraltar, between Spain and Morocco. (ACN)