Foreign News: Don't Go Near the Water

Bubba Tongay, 5, and his sister Kathy, 4, have been knocking off long-distance swimming records ever since they were old enough (ten months) to dog-paddle. Back home in Miami, the wide-shouldered, sun-scorched Tongay kids swim seven miles before breakfast every morning. Last year Bubba swam 22 miles down the Mississippi. The kids' father and trainer, ex-Coast Guardsman Russell Tongay, had an extraordinary plan: he wanted the children to swim the ig-mile English Channel and maybe win some of the $19,600 prize money offered by the London Daily Mail.

Last week Russell, Bubba, Kathy and their schoolteacher mother arrived in Britain, all set...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!