Limbless French adventurer finds stolen wheelchair

A file picture taken on August 11, 2012 shows French swimmer Philippe Croizon, four-member amputee (right) speaking with his friend, swimmer Arnaud Chassery (left), on a beach in Wales, Alaska. Croizon, known for his feats of swimming and diving, sai
A file picture taken on August 11, 2012 shows French swimmer Philippe Croizon, four-member amputee (right) speaking with his friend, swimmer Arnaud Chassery (left), on a beach in Wales, Alaska. Croizon, known for his feats of swimming and diving, said on Monday his custom-designed wheelchair has been found after he reported it stolen while he was on holiday in northern France. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

RENNES, Francelaine (AFP) - Limbless French adventurer Philippe Croizon, known for his feats of swimming and diving, said on Monday his custom-designed wheelchair has been found after he reported it stolen while he was on holiday in northern France.

Croizon, famed as the first quadruple amputee to swim across the English Channel, said the driver of a bus for handicapped people found the wheelchair in a parking lot on Friday and took it for safekeeping not knowing who the owner was.

"He only called me on Monday evening to tell me about it, after watching a report on this case" on French television, Mr Croizon told AFP.

He had reported the theft of the wheelchair and its trailer, which he discovered missing on Friday morning while staying with friends near Dieppe.

"I feel sad and angry," he told AFP earlier. "Let them keep the trailer if they want, but at least give back the wheelchair." Mr Croizon, 45, said the high-tech, all-terrain wheelchair was brand-new and had been designed specially for him.

Mr Croizon, a former metal-worker, had all four limbs amputated in 1994 from the elbows and knees after being struck by an electric shock of more than 20,000 volts as he tried to remove a TV antenna from a roof.

He has since carried out a series of exploits, including swimming the Channel in 2010, swimming four straits separating five continents, and in January becoming the first quadruple amputee to complete a 33-metre dive.