An Australian swimmer has successfully completed a 126 kilometre marathon swim between two islands in the Bahamas.
Chloe McCardel – a 29-year-old athlete from Melbourne – took 42 and a half hours to complete the feat from the southern tip of the island of Eleuthera to Nassau.
According to her support team it is the longest open-water solo, continuous marathon swim in history although her record-breaking effort is still to be ratified by The Marathon Swimmers Federation.
Soon after arriving in Nassau, McCardel was taken to hospital after suffering multiple box jellyfish stings to her arms and legs.
She was also treated for hypothermia and exhaustion.
It’s the latest in a long line of gruelling swimming challenges accomplished by McCardel, who has already swum the English Channel seven times and set records for doing 60 laps across Bondi Beach.
Her attempt to swim from Cuba to the US last year was halted just 11 hours in after she suffered venomous jellyfish stings to her throat and body.