Oceans 7 swimmer offers reward for return of stolen laptop and pictures

World record-breaking swimmer Steve Redmond has offered a cash reward for the safe return of a stolen laptop, which contained photographs and videos of all his epic swims.

Oceans 7 swimmer offers reward for return of stolen laptop and pictures

The Sony Vaio laptop was taken during a break-in at an office in the Market St area of Skibbereen in West Cork over the weekend.

The computer contained hundreds of photographs and video clips charting Steve’s remarkable journey around the world over the last two years to become the first person in the world to complete the epic Oceans 7 challenge — swimming’s equivalent of mountaineering’s Seven Summits.

Steve has also started writing a book on his adventure and the first five chapters were stored on the laptop.

“I don’t care about the laptop — it’s only worth a few quid, but the pictures and videos are priceless,” he said last night.

Steve, a 46-year-old father of two, completed the North Channel between Ireland and Scotland; the Cook Strait in New Zealand; the English Channel; the Strait of Gibraltar; the Catalina Channel in the US; and the Molokai Channel in Hawaii; before he crossed the treacherous Tsugaru Channel in Japan on his fourth attempt last July. He also became the first person to swim around the Fastnet Rock.

He was crowned World Open Water Swimming Association’s man of the year after a global public vote online in January.

The black computer is encrypted and is useless to anyone else, he said.

“That laptop has a story of its own. It’s been all over the world and survived its own scrapes.

“It’s been thrown on boats in Japan and left on buses and trains — and it survived all that. We’re just gutted to think that it was stolen from our own town,” he said.

Gardaí are investigating the theft but Steve issued a special public appeal last night for people to be on the alert for the laptop.

*Steve can be contacted through Facebook on Steve Redmond’s — Oceans 7 Swim Challenge.

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