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John van Leeuwen and his wife Ann at Oreti Beach, where the Oreti Surf Lifesaving club will celebrate 50 years since he conquered Foveaux Strait, swimming from Bluff to Stewart Island.
John van Leeuwen being accompanied by John Fogarty during his swim from Bluff to Stewart Island in 1963.
John van Leeuwen touches a rock on Stewart Island, 13 hours and 36 minutes after setting off from Bluff in 1963.
Support crew: John van Leeuwen and his support crew at the Surf Life Saving Championships in Napier. Pictured, from left, Bill Davidson, Keith Wigg, John van Leeuwen, Ivan Wilson, Roger Burgess, John Fogarty and Johnny Allen. Front row, Tim Fenton, Peter Stewart and RowanLeck.
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