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2 Gondoliers Hit High Note in Channel Crossing

July 30, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Singing as they rowed, two 60-year-old Italians completed the first known crossing of the English Channel in a gondola.

Vittorio Orio and Enzo Liszka set off from Dover on the south coast of Britain at 6 a.m. A little over seven hours later, they arrived in Calais, France, about 22 miles away.

"We both feel fine," Liszka said, adding that there had been heavy fog along the way. "We sang lots of Venetian songs to keep us amused."

The men took on the challenge to raise money for people with diseases not covered by Italy's health service.

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