Story: Open water swimming
On 20 November 1962 Barrie Devenport made history as the first person in modern times to swim Cook Strait. He is shown here, soon after making it to the South Island, flanked by support swimmers from the Worser Bay Life Saving Club. This radio coverage is of the last moments of his swim.
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Sound file from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Radio New Zealand collection. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision (Coverage of Barry Davenport's swim across Cook Strait /Reference number T305).