Charleston council member fails to swim New Zealand strait

Kathleen Wilson in New Zealand. (Source: Facebook)
Kathleen Wilson in New Zealand. (Source: Facebook)
(Photo: Google)
(Photo: Google)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston City Council member Kathleen Wilson has fallen short in her quest to make the record books.

The District 12 representative was attempting to become the 74th person to ever swim the Cook Strait. She pushed off from New Zealand early Wednesday afternoon.

Wilson posted on her Facebook page that she had just a few kilometers to go when she was pulled out of the water for treatment of hypothermia.

Wilson said she thought she was close to losing consciousness and did not actually remember being pulled from the water. Her support team told her she was saying silly things like "asking when [she] would be in the boat."

Wilson said she did remember shaking violently, despite being dressed and under four blankets.

It is the first swim Wilson says she has ever failed to finish. She said she was disappointed, but could say "[she] left it all in the water."

Last September, Wilson completed a 26-mile swim from Molokai's Laau Point to Oahu's Sandy Beach in Hawaii.

The Cook Strait is a 14 nautical mile swim.

According to, the fastest swimmer crossed in four hours, 37 minutes.

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