First woman to swim the Atlantic Ocean at the age of 56


US athlete Jennifer Figge is first woman to swim Atlantic Ocean

The American swimmer Jennifer Figge has become the first woman to swim the Atlantic, crossing the ocean in 24 days.

9:45PM GMT 08 Feb 2009

Reaching a beach in Trinidad, the 56-year-old became the first woman on record to swim across the Atlantic Ocean - a dream she'd had since the early 1960s, when a stormy trans-Atlantic flight got her thinking she could don a life vest and swim the rest of the way if needed.

Jennifer Figg after her arrival in Chacachacare Island, Trinidad

She left the Cape Verde Islands off Africa's western coast on Jan 12, battling waves of up to 30 feet and strong winds.

David Higdon, a friend of Ms Figge who kept in touch with her via satellite phone, said she had originally planned to swim to the Bahamas, but inclement weather forced her to veer 1,000 miles off course to Trinidad, where she arrived on Feb 5.

Ms Figge plans to continue her odyssey, swimming from Trinidad to the British Virgin Islands, where she expects to arrive in late February. The crew won't compute the total distance Ms Figge swam until after she completes the journey, Mr Higdon said.

Then she will head home to Aspen, Colorado - where she trained for months in an outdoor pool amid snowy blizzards - to reunite with her Alaskan Malamute.

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Marina Martinez Sanchez