B.C. teen swims across English Channel to raise thousands for charity

Emily Epp, 17, holds a shell she found on her swim around Bowen Island, B.C. on Saturday June 17, 2017 in this photo provided by the Epp family. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

By Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press, July 24, 2017 

KELOWNA, B.C. — While many teens spend summers relaxing, a 17-year-old from Kelowna, B.C., has been pushing her body and mind to the limits and raising thousands of dollars for charity in the process.

Emily Epp swam across the English Channel earlier this month in a gruelling trek that took nearly 12 hours to complete.

Wearing just a bathing suit, a swim cap and goggles, Epp braved less-than-ideal conditions, including chilly, choppy waters and oceans swells that left her nauseated for hours.

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