Huang Li swam more than a mile in the Xiang River on Tuesday, traveling with the current, her father said. The girl swam by moving like a dolphin and would sometimes paddle with her bound hands. "Her swimming skills are perfect and she insisted on doing this," Huang Daosheng said in a telephone interview. T
he girl, who lives in the city of Zhangjiajie in Hunan province, got the idea after seeing something similar on a local television program, he said. "It's not dangerous because, first, her swimming skills are really good and second, I was swimming with her, staying close to her," the father said. "I had her when I was 35, so she is my heart. I would never play around with her life."
The girl started the sport when she was six and her father said her goal is to one day swim across the English Channel.
"She asks me every day, 'Can I achieve this? Are the waves really big?" Huang Daosheng said.