Damian Piza Beltran of Mexico, The Mayor, (Councillor Charles E. Neate), Billy Butlin.
Butlin’s International Channel Swim 1954. Folkestone Open Air Pool. Damian Piza Beltram of Mexico, one of the swimmers in the 1954 race, talking to Sir Billy Butlin. The Mayor of Folkestone (Councillor Charles E. Neate) is in the Background.
From the Sam Rockett collection. A Black and White Photograph.
He was successful in 1953 in a time of 15hrs. 23mins. It was an independant swim. He was the first Mexican to swim the Channel.
He was unsuccessful in the 1954 race, he swam for 5 hours, and at the date of the swim was 36 years old. In 1955 he again swam in a Billy Butlin swim and was one of the four finishers in that race, his swim time was 15hrs and 8 mins.
He doubled up on film for Johnny Weissmuller, in the Tarzan films. He was also a crooner in a Night Club.