Ishak Helmi, an Egyptian national who swam the channel in 1928

Glass negative picture of Ishak Helmi, an Egyptian national.

Ishak Helmi was the first Egyptian to swim the English Channel.

He made one successful swim, on the 31 Aug 1928 time 23 hrs 40 mins. It was the slowest France – England swim on record until 1949 when Phillip Mickman’s time was 23hrs 48mins.

He was unsuccessful on five attempts; 5th.Sept 1924, F/E 8hrs 30mins. 14 Sept 1925, F/E 14hrs 05. 8 Aug 1926, F/E 10hrs 00mins. 27 Aug 1926, F/E 3hrs. 7 Aug 1927, F/E  8hrs 15mins. 27 Aug 1929, E/F 7hrs 17mins.

Helmi swam 18hrs in the Seine.

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