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Thieves snatch English Channel swimmer's custom-made wheelchair

Published on Aug 12, 2013 10:15 PM
 
French swimmer Mr Philippe Croizon, four-member amputee (right) speaking with his friend, swimmer Arnaud Chassery (left), on a beach in Wales, Alaska, before attempting to cross the Bering Strait between Diomede Little Island and Great Diomede island on Aug 11, 2012. Mr Croizon has appealed for the return of his custom-made electric wheelchair after it was stolen together with the trailer where it was stored. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (REUTERS) - A French quadruple amputee who won fame by swimming across the English Channel has appealed for the return of his custom-made electric wheelchair after it was stolen together with the trailer where it was stored.

"They haven't just stolen my wheelchair, they have robbed me of my autonomy," Mr Philippe Croizon, a celebrity since his high seas exploits achieved with the help of paddle-like prosthetics, told local media.

Mr Croizon, who lost his legs and arms after an electrical accident at age 26 in 1994, was staying with family at a house in northern France when thieves made off with the trailer that was hitched to a car parked outside. Inside the trailer was the wheelchair he said was worth more than 20,000 euros (S$33,600).

"Keep the trailer as a gift if you like, since that's what it seems you were after, but give me back the wheelchair," he said on public TV channel France 3.

 
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