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Thomas William “Bill” Burgess of England on September 6, 1911, became the second person to swim across the English Channel. He set off from Dover, England, on September 5, and after 22 hours and 35 minutes in the water, Burgess reached Cap Gris Nez on the coast of France.
Matthew Webb was the first to accomplish the feat on August 25, 1875.
For more information on Bill Burgess and his Channel swim, please have a look at the SilverMedals.net feature article on Thomas William “Bill” Burgess.