Corkman is first ever to complete Ocean’s Seven

Cork’s Steve Redmond has become the first man ever to complete the gruelling  “Ocean’s Seven”  challenge.

The man from the small west Cork town of Ballydehob completed the 19.5km Tsugaru Strait swim in Japan at around 6pm Irish time on Saturday in a time of 14 hours 24 minutes and in the process swum into the sporting record books.

Steve is the first person ever to complete all seven swims in the Ocean’s Seven challenge having already completed the Moloka’i Channel in Hawaii, the Cook Strait Swim in New Zealand, the English Channel, the Catalina Channel in California, the Strait of Gibraltar and the Irish Channel between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It was the fourth time Redmond had tried to complete the notoriously treacherous 19.5 km Tsugaru Strait between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido.

He was forced to return home in June after strong currents made the crossing impossible despite Steve making two separate attempts, one lasting more than 12 hours.

Last week Steve had to abandon his third attempt after heavy seas made progress impossible.

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