A Hungarian long distance swimmer is recovering in the Ulster Hospital after narrowly failing in his bid to complete the Ocean’s Seven challenge, swimming seven of the most dangerous waters in the world.
Attila Mányoki, from Budapest, had to be plucked from the water on Saturday as he neared the end of the North Channel, suffering from hypothermia, jellyfish stings and breathing difficulties.
Consultant Dr Bob Darling said:” Attila was in very poor condition. However, he is not an average guy, he is very strong and fit and is making a remarkable recovery, although it may be some time before he is fit for further extreme sports.”
Attila’s partner Monika Pais, who is by his bedside, praised the staff in the Ulster Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. “I was so relieved that he was given such wonderful care, “she said. “I have watched the staff every day, and they are so professional and caring. The Ulster hospital should be very proud of them.”
The 43-year-old Hungarian sportsman swam through the La Manche in 2013, while in 2014 he coped with the Tsugaru Strait of Japan, which is regarded as the most difficult waterway of the world. Next up was the Molokai Channel in Hawaii, the Catalina Channel near Los Angeles, the Straits of Gibraltar and the Cook Strait in New Zealand. Had he completed the North Channel, he would have become only the 12th person ever to complete the Ocean’s Seven. Last November he became a member of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in California.