Swimmer Katie Blair has begun the unprecedented task of swimming from Saint Lucia to Martinique and back.
The Indiana native is said to be the first person to attempt such a feat.
It follows what Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on Sunday described as the ‘incredible’ achievement of 12 year old Christophe Maleau, who Saturday swam from Saint Lucia to Martinique.
The young Martinique swimming prodigy completed the crossing in just under 14 hours.
According to the website Ultraswimming, the Saint Lucia Channel has seen seven documented one way swims.
The swimmers who successfully made the crossings were were listed as: Jacques Sicot (1988), Yann Richard (2006), Gilles Rondy (2017) Molly Nance (2018), Sandra Frimerman-Bergquist (2019), Kevin Pollman (2019), and Christoph Malleau (2020).
Katie Blair, who Tuesday began the trip from Saint Lucia to Martinique and back, is a longtime swimmer who grew up in Germany.
The 41 year old has over 20 years of experience in endurance sports, including arrivals at Ironman Hawaii, swims in the English, Catalan and Molokai canals, as well as tours of Manhattan Island and Key West, according to Saint Lucia Channel Swim.
The website noted that after eight hours in the water Katie was still going strong.