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article imagePhilippe Croizon wheelchair stolen

By Amanda Byas     Aug 12, 2013 in Crime
Philippe Croizon, French athlete, 45, the first quadruple amputee to swim across the English Channel, has produced a public appeal after someone stole his custom-made wheelchair.
Croizon was on vacation with friends near Dieppe in northern France when his wheelchair was stolen.
Croizon told French media:
"They haven't just stolen my wheelchair; they've stolen my independence,"
Croizon lost his limbs in 1994 in an electrical accident. He was struck by 20,000 volts while fixing a TV aerial on a roof. Since his accident he has competed in a number of high-profile swimming challenges using tailor-made flippers.
Croizon said he was sad and angry at the person who stole his all-terrain, customized designed wheelchair, which was taken with the trailer where it was being stored overnight on Thursday.
He said the wheelchair had been part-financed by friends and would be very expensive to replace, although it is not clear exactly how much the chair was worth. He urges the person who stole it to give it back to him because he feels as if his independence was stripped from him.
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