DOVER, England (AP) _ A strong tide forced an American epileptic to give up his attempt to swim across the 21-mile-wide English Channel only three miles from his goal, officials said Saturday.

George Hauser, 38, of Chicago gave up around midnight Friday three miles from the French coast after 12 hours of swimming, said Audrey Scott, secretary of the Channel Swimming Association.

Hauser, who began his swim at Dover's Shakespeare Beach, was pulled into his escort boat and brought back to England, she said.