Zirganos lands at Shakespeare Beach
Jason Zirganos (Greece) made seven attempts at swimming the Channel , he was successful in four swims.His swims were one “England to France”, all his other swims were from “France to England.
Major Zirganos swam the English Channel successfully four times, all swims were France to England. The first in 1949 was recognised independently, 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.