Armless man swims through the Mediterranean and inspires the whole world

A man full of courage and determination has accomplished a great feat by leaving the French island Corsica, swimming 180 kilometers across the Mediterranean for seven days, and he accomplished it all with both arms amputated.

For his last challenge, the 61-year-old Frenchman Thierry Corbalan left Calvi on September 14, and even though the winds and currents against him complicated the first days, he managed to reach Mandelieu-la-Napoule in just seven days. 

An example of strength, will, and perseverance

Armless man swims through the Mediterranean and inspires the whole world

The energy, strength, and will of this man began from the loss of both limbs during a fishing accident in May 1988, and after hundreds of incredible feats, he has managed to cross 180 kilometers swimming for nine hours every day in the company of an amazing team of ten people who followed him in a kayak during his adventure.

Specialist in long-distance swimming using only his legs and torso’s strength, this is not Corbalan’s first achievement. In September 2018, he made the famous Corsica tour in which he swam for six days, but this adventure in the Mediterranean was his last.

Now a new stage of his life begins

Armless man swims through the Mediterranean and inspires the whole world

I wanted to close the circle. To end where it all began, in the Maritime Alps, the place of my accident, it was there that I lost my arms. At 61, I retire.

Thierry hopes to have inspired people in his same condition to realize that anything is possible regardless of physical adversity, and now, a new phase of his life begins with the launch of a book in October.