Handicapped swimmer, Harry Hinken, American.

Black and white photograph showing a Handicapped swimmer Harry Hinken, American, making an attempt of the English Channel. Peter Frayne the Channel Swimming Observer attending the swimmer. He is wearing a check shirt – Peter was a Channel Swimming Association committee member. Next to Peter, and wearing glasses is the pilot, Captain Len Hutchinson. Behind him is the Dover Channel Swimmer Rosemary George.

Disabled swimmer Harry Hinken made three unsuccessfull attempts. On the 9th September 1967 he swam ten miles in 7hrs 49mins – he swam into an oil slick, which finished his attempt. He also made unsuccessful attempts in 1968 and 1969 – he finished both swims due to heavy seas; in 1968 he swam for 10hrs 19mins and in 1969 he swam 5 hundred yards in 50 minutes. He was making little headway due to the wind and tide and was being driven back onto the rocks. Captain Hutchinson took him out of the water for safety reasons.

Harry lost the use of his legs due to polio in 1953, aged 29 yrs.

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