Endurance athlete Cameron Bellamy completed the longest recorded ocean channel swim on Sunday (Sept. 15), covering the 151.7 km (94 miles) from Barbados to St Lucia in 56 hours and 36 minutes, according to the official website tracking his progress.
The 37-year-old South African set out from St Peters Bay in Barbados at 8.20 on Saturday morning, swimming in flat seas with gentle swells but hot conditions, reaching St Lucia just before 5 p.m. on Sunday to be met by the country’s prime minister Allen Chastanet.
“He did it!” read a banner message on the tracker website.
Local media reported that paramedics took Bellamy to a medical facility for mandatory tests, but he appeared in good spirits when he exited the water after being swept a little further by the current than planned.
The swim is the latest in a list of endurance achievements by Bellamy, who previously rowed across the Indian Ocean and has swum the English channel, raising money for charity.