The Rottnest Channel is a stretch of water between Cottesloe Beach and Rottnest Island, off the coast of Western Australia near Perth. It is site of the annual Rottnest Channel Swim, a 19.7 km solo and relay swim.
When Rottnest Island was used as a prison, it was rumored that some of the prisoners swam back to the mainland, although there is no proof that any did. However, some may have crossed by resting on Carnac and Garden Islands.
The first documented person to swim across was Gerd Von Dincklage-Schulinburg on January 24, 1956. On March 15, 1969, Herbert Voigt, also known as Mr. Shark Bait, disappeared while attempting to swim to the island. The first woman to swim to the island was Lesley Cherriman on 13 April 1969.
- Firsts in the Rottnest Channel
- Mair, Olivia.(1999) In the swim.(Feature on Perth to Rottnest long distance swimming race, the GIO Australia Channel 9 Rottnest Channel Swim which began in 1991). Perth weekly, 17-23 Feb. 1999, p.12-13,
- Rottnest Channel Swim Association website
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