Last week, Chloe McCardel, a 29-year old Australian ultra-marathon swimmer, became the first person to swim 128km unassisted in open water under Marathon Swimmers Federation international rules. Taking 42.5 hours, the 29 year old swam from Lighthouse Beach on the southern tip of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas, finishing at Nassau at around 1am local time. Upon ratification, Chloe will have completed the longest open-water solo, continuous, unassisted marathon swim in history.
McCardel has been readmitted to a hospital to recuperate from the effects of jelly-fish stings suffered during her record-breaking 128 kilometer swim. She was stung at least 15 times; some of those stings became sunburned and have become infected. Here are excerpts:
Wearing only regulation bathers, a swimming cap and goggles, Chloe arrived exhausted, greeted by a group of locals and media, and was escorted by her husband and support crew for a medical check-up and few hours sleep.
He husband, who travelled alongside her on the support boat and scheduled her various pauses for food and water, said: “I know she will take some time to recover from this massive achievement which she has spent her entire swimming career preparing for. She is elated at successfully setting this record in this way, and is a very, very proud Australian.”
Chloe is expected to remain in the Bahamas until comfortable enough to travel and is expected to arrive back in Australia in early November.