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History-making tunnelers look beyond Brexit

DOVER, England – One tunneling from France, the other digging from Britain, the two men smashed with pummeling jackhammers through the last slivers of rock separating their nations. Through the newly created hole, Graham Fagg, of Dover, England, and Philippe Cozette, of Calais, France, enthusiastically grasped each other’s outstretched hands. Then, they posed with their nations’ flags for photos that broadcast a message of friendship to the world. The French and the British, neighbors until then separated by the seas and with a long history of war and rivalry but also of alliances and admiration, were now physically and permanently joined, seemingly closer than ever.

62-year-old Spokane woman swims the English Channel

Robin Davis was about jump into the English Channel and begin the first of six one-hour legs of a relay swim from Dover, England, to France. It was just after sunrise, and the water was running at 62 degrees, 1 degree for every year she’s been alive. She was smeared with grease to prevent heat loss and chafing from the salt, and she had no wetsuit.

Wreck of famed ship found in English Channel

TAMPA, Fla. – Deep-sea explorers who found $500 million in sunken treasure two years ago say they have discovered another prized shipwreck: A legendary British man-of-war that sank in the English Channel 264 years ago. The wreckage of HMS Victory, found below about 330 feet of water, may carry an even bigger jackpot. Research indicates the ship was carrying 4 tons of gold coins when it sank in a storm, said Greg Stemm, co-founder of Odyssey Marine Exploration, ahead of a news conference today in London.