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27-yr-old swims across False Bay in S Africa

Indian swimmer Shubham Dhananjay Vanmali has become the first Asian, and the 10th swimmer in the world, to swim across False Bay in South Africa's Cape Town. The 27-year-old swam the 33km stretch in a record time of nine hours and 46 minutes, enduring cold and inconsistent temperatures, strong winds and reverse currents. He was also stung multiple times by bluebottle jellyfish. False Bay is home to great white sharks, making it one of the world's toughest open water swims. Vanmali has previously crossed the English Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar and the Catalina Channel.

27-yr-old swims across False Bay in S Africa
Updated on Apr 15, 2023 01:55 AM IST

Stunning video: Asteroid lights up night sky above English channel

The small asteroid, currently designated as Sar2667, exploded after entering the Earth's atmosphere.

The footage of the asteroid was posted on social media by several users.(Twitter/ dlxinorbit)
Published on Feb 13, 2023 06:43 PM IST

Omicron scare hampers Christmas travel plans in Europe

Europe travellers are rearranging or cancelling trips because of tightening rules amid Omicron spread. Eurostar, which operates trains across the English Channel, sold out of tickets to France on Friday before new travel restrictions to and from Britain went into effect.

A sign asking people to wear face coverings to curb the spread of coronavirus at London St Pancras International rail station, in London, the Eurostar hub to travel to European countries including France, Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. After the UK recorded its highest number of confirmed new Covid-19 infections since the pandemic began, France announced Thursday that it would tighten entry rules for those coming from Britain. Hours later, the country set another record, with a further 88,376 confirmed Covid-19 cases reported Thursday, almost 10,000 more than the day before (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Updated on Dec 17, 2021 06:50 PM IST
AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, London

France, UK vow action after deadliest English Channel migrant tragedy

The disaster is the deadliest accident since the Channel in 2018 became a hub for migrants from the Africa, the Middle East and Asia who have been increasingly using small boats to reach England from France.

A damaged inflatable dinghy, outboard motors, life jackets and sleeping bags abandoned by migrants are seen on the beach near the Slack dunes, the day after 27 migrants died when their dinghy deflated as they attempted to cross the English Channel, on November 25, 2021, (REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol)(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 25, 2021 04:47 PM IST
AFP | | Posted by Sharangee Dutta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Over 20 migrants dead in deadliest English Channel disaster

French patrol vessels went to the scene after a fisherman reported seeing over a dozen bodies floating in the water, authorities said.

Migrants are helped ashore from a lifeboat at a beach in Dungeness, on the south-east coast of England.(AFP)
Published on Nov 24, 2021 10:02 PM IST
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