Swimmer leaves hospital
David Meca was released from Ceuta Hospital yesterday after treatment for fatigue and hypothermia after three laps across the strait.
7 January 2008
MADRID - World champion long-distance swimmer, the Spaniard David Meca, was released from Ceuta Hospital yesterday after treatment for fatigue and hypothermia after he successfully crossed the Strait of Gibraltar three times on Saturday, going for the world record.
Meca, who became the first person to swim the 110km from mainland Spain to the Balearic Islands last year, admitted that he began to cry during the final leg of his feat, which took him just over 12 hours to complete.
"The waves were very strong, and I was pulled from the water because I was crying and worried about my team's physical safety. But I went in again after a few moments of despair," the swimmer explained on Sunday.
Meca, Spain's most famous extreme swimmer, is also known for having performed dangerous feats such as swimming with great white sharks and piranhas, as well as in the Nile river with crocodiles and lethal bacteria.
[Copyright El Pais / KELLY RAMUNDO 2008]
Subject: Spanish news