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Friday 21 April 2017
There’s Nothing No.6 Cannot Do!
Thinking about it, Number 6 built himself a sea-going raft, survived 25 days at sea on it, in all elements, spending only 4 hours out of each 24 asleep. And during that time he fought off the two gun runners, and swam the best part of the English Channel! He wasn’t aboard his raft in the English Channel, he was picked up by the gun runners in the Atlantic Ocean. He then jumped overboard and swam for it, towards the light in the distance, which turned out to be the lighthouse at Beachy Head, where Number 6 was washed ashore. So it stands to reason that he swam perhaps the greater part of the English Channel between England and the French coast, depending on where that motor cruiser was in the Channel. The light from the lighthouse can be seen 26 miles out at sea, and it was a small dot of light when first seen. So it’s possible that when Number 6 jumped overboard he was some 20 miles from the south coast of England. Plus the English Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. You see there is nothing Number 6 cannot do, as The Girl Who Was Death said “You’re a born survivor!”