Penny Palfrey succeeds in first leg of swim

MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Australian marathon swimmer Penny Palfrey has finished the first of three grueling channel crossings.

She and her husband Chris swam the Alalakeiki Channel from Kahoolawe to Maui Saturday.

It took them a little more than five hours, and just like with Palfrey's last swim, the couple encountered portuguese man-of-war.

Penny plans to take on the Kaiwi Channel solo, then swim the Kaluakahi Channel with her husband.