Chloe McCardel Sets Open Water World Record for Longest Unassisted Swim (Photo Gallery)

NASSAU, Bahamas, October 22. Chloe McCardel, an Australian ultra-marathon swimmer, has today become the first person to swim 126km 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 (4pm Sydney time).

Upon ratification, Chloë will have completed the longest open-water solo, continuous, unassisted marathon swim in history.

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.

Photos courtesy McCardel Media.

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7 years ago

Congratulations Chloe from the Bahamian People. We really appreciate that you choose one of the most beautiful places on earth to set your world record and for this we thank you.( “It Just keep getting better”) in The Bahamas.