Rough seas delay channel attempt

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  • Friday, 25 Jul 2003

LONDON: Rough seas yesterday again delayed Abdul Malik Mydin’s attempt to swim across the English Channel and the forecast for today is also unsettled weather. 

Malik, who had planned to begin his swim yesterday morning, is now expected to take his biggest plunge to-date early tomorrow morning when weather conditions are forecast as more ideal. 

Datuk Talaat Mansur, deputy secretary-general of the Youth and Sports Ministry, said from Dover that Malik was continuing his training off Shakespeare Beach, the traditional spot for cross-channel attempts. 

“We receive 12-hourly weather reports on the English Channel where conditions can change rapidly. So we have to make sure everything is right,” he said. 

When Malik begins his swim, some 50 Malaysians, including his group of 14 supporters from home, will be on hand to wish him well while another group based in France will be waiting in Calais to welcome him. 

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