Victoria swimmers cross Juan de Fuca Strait

Victoria swimmers cross Juan de Fuca Strait

It is finally over. two Victoria Swimmers set off on a gruelling swim across the Juan De Fuca strait today, making a grueling 30-kilometer trek

52-year-old Susan Simmons got back to land just prior to 5:30 this afternoon at Ogden Point in Victoria.

Simmons lives with multiple sclerosis, but has tackled multiple marathon swims prior to today.

42-yearold Jill Yoneda emerged from chilly waters at clover point just after 4:30 p.m.

Completing a grueling journey across the strait for more than 10 hours.

She emerged shaking and having trouble walking, having spent hours in waters below 10 degrees.

The pair were delayed by a day due to high winds on Sunday.

They got in the water near Port Angeles this morning.

It is all part of an effort to are raise funds for first nations children and multiple sclerosis.

Simmons was diagnosed with M-S 20 years ago, while Yoneda suffers from a degenerative disc disease.

To put their swim into perspective, there have only been eight other successful recorded crossings of the Juan de Fuca Strait, with the first one back in 1955.

The most famous being Marilyn Bell’s in 1956, the most recent was in 2015.

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