Cornwall

RNLI Castle to Castle swim in Cornwall attracts more than 300 people

The start of the swim (pic: Holly De Roy)
Image caption Up to 40 lifeguards and more than 40 vessels including two lifeboats and a large number of canoeists and kayakers helped monitor the swim, the RNLI said

More than 300 people have taken part in a charity sea swim in Cornwall.

The one-mile (1.6km) "Castle to Castle" swim is between Pendennis Point in Falmouth and St Mawes and raises funds for the RNLI.

The charity said eight people were rescued during the swim because they were "struggling with the conditions", however none were seriously injured.

David Nicoll, from the charity, said he anticipated the event would have raised about £30,000 for the RNLI.

He said up to 40 lifeguards and more than 40 vessels including two lifeboats and a large number of canoeists and kayakers helped monitor the swim.

The RNLI said the water was choppy and there was a moderate westerly wind.

The annual event, which started in 2008, is in an area where the River Fal meets the sea.

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