Brave swimmers conquer Lake Malawi for charity

2019-05-22 06:00

THREE gutsy members of The Cows have successfully completed the non-stop 24 kilometre crossing of Lake Malawi in treacherous conditions, raising money for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation.

The trio were part of a group of five swimmers, Chris and Polly Stapley, Jay and Ruth Azran and Australian Andrew Stevens, who flew into Lilongwe intent on swimming from Makanjila Point to Senga Bay.

As they left on April 25, after having camped the night prior on a sand bank by the start point, the experienced support crew stated that the weather and water were the worst conditions they had encountered for a crossing to date.

Chris Stapley was the first Swazi citizen to complete the crossing, Jay and Ruth Azran became the first married couple to complete the crossing and Stevens became the first Australian and oldest to have completed the crossing. Stapley and Jay Azran also lay claim to the second fastest crossing to date, with the current record of seven hours and 53 minutes set in 2016.

In the process they managed to raise more than R40 000 for CHOC.

The exhausted swimmers extended their thanks to Walter Muggleton who was both skipper and navigator, skipper Aubrey de Klerk and his wife Nita and their staff from Chembe Eagles Nest who helped with many of the logistics on the ground.



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