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Swimmers sign up to popular RNLI Castle to Castle Swim

Lifeboats News Release

Entry for the RNLI’s annual Castle to Castle swim has opened with hundreds of swimmers already signing up to the event.

Swimmers about to enter the water credit

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The event, largely run by volunteers, starts at Pendennis Castle in Falmouth and finishes at St Mawes Castle on the Roseland Peninsula with participants swimming across the mouth of the River Fal.

The mile long open water sea swim across the Carrick Roads is now in its ninth year and is set to be a thrilling event.

This year Falmouth Lifeboat Station celebrates 150 years of saving lives at sea and an appeal has been launched to raise £100,000 for essential building works at the lifeboat station in preparation for a new inshore lifeboat

Rosey Oakes, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, says: ‘We are excited to launch the 2017 swim and hope to sign up as many people as we can to take part. All money raised this year will go towards the Falmouth Appeal to fund building works at the town’s lifeboat station. The public has been really generous in their support over the last eight years and their money has gone directly to help save lives at sea. It’s going to be a really fun event and we’d love to see as many people come along to support it.’

This popular event is strictly limited to 450 swimmers and is open to anyone over the age of 14. Due to the nature of the swim it is advised that entrants should be intermediate or experienced open water swimmers who have previously swam at least one mile in open water.

Registration for the swim, taking place on Sunday June 4, is £20 and those taking part are asked to pledge to raise £50 through sponsorship.

To enter the Castle to Castle swim visit http://bit.ly/2qy0cZT or if swimming isn't your thing, but you would still like to be involved, please get in touch as there are many volunteering opportunities available on the day. For more information email castle2castle@rnli.org.uk.

Notes to editors Attached are images of the 2016 Castle to Castle swim

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A lifeguard helps patrols castle to castle credit

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