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A slightly delayed sea swim took place at the weekend in front of over 100 Roedean supporters and a busy Brighton beachfront.
The 30 swimmers arrived at the Palace Pier just as a swirling sea fret descended onto the beach. At moments the worsening visibility even caused the high pier rides to dissolve into the haze - and there was no chance at all of seeing the West Pier. After 2 hours, the visibility was no better.
Faced with these very difficult conditions, the lifeguard decided it was not safe to swim any length in open water. The pier to pier swimmers therefore undertook a shorter ‘buoy to buoy’ route closer to the shore.
So, to deafening cheers, Mrs King led the swimmers in at 1.30pm. Swimming as a group, they navigated the swell safely and were all back safely on dry ground at 2pm. A year of planning and a term of training had paid off!
We would like to thank parents, colleagues and friends for their generous donations to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) – the final total has yet to be revealed, but is likely to be several thousands of pounds.