Major Jason Zirganos
Folkestone Open Air Pool. Folkestone, Kent. 1950. Major Jason Zirganos (Greece) finished seventh of the nine swimmers to finish in the first Daily Mail International cross channel race on Tuesday August the 22nd in 1950. Time 16hrs 17mins.
He swam the English Channel successfully four times, all swims were France to England. The first in 1949 was recognised independantly, his 1950 and 1951 were both recognised by the Daily Mail, the 4th. swim was recognised by Billy Butlin. In 1959 he attempted the North Channel (Ireland to Scotland) and he swam for 16hrs.23mins. and was 3 miles from the Scottish Coast when he was taken from the sea exhausted. He died within minutes. A Doctor performed an emergency operation with a pen-knife but could not restore the Heart-beat.
From the Sam Rockett collection. Black and White Photograph.