Super swimmers raise £1400 for Fowey RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 5 September on a misty afternoon 95 plucky swimmers took the plunge in the annual Fowey Harbour swim to raise funds for Fowey RNLI lifeboat charity. A grand total of £1400 was raised.

RNLI/Cathy Baillie

Annual Fowey Swim

This was the 13th annual Fowey Harbour swim, organised by Gaynor Edwards of the Fowey River Fundraising Group and her team of volunteers. The swimmers took to the water from the steps at Fowey Harbour town quay and swam to a marker flag located near Readymoney beach and back again to the town quay.

Fowey is a busy harbour, with pleasure boats, ferries, yachts, working boats and the odd cruise liner or two. To ensure the safety of the swimmers a flotilla of volunteer safety boats, kayaks and Fowey’s inshore D class lifeboat were on the water to assist.

Andy Bramwell, RNLI Community Manager for Cornwall, says: ‘The RNLI relies on voluntary donations to help save lives at sea and provide vital training for lifeboat crews. The Fowey Harbour swimmers raised an incredible £1400 and I would like to thank all of them, plus the organisers and volunteer helpers for their valiant efforts and support.

Andy continues: ‘Sea swimming is very popular at the moment and an organised event like this is a great way to take part, swimming with a group of people between supervised flag markers. Swimmers may often overestimate their ability and under estimate unforeseen currents, cold water and waves that make open water swimming very challenging. It was very encouraging to see so many swimmers yesterday wearing brightly coloured swim hats and using tow floats, both of which increase your visibility in the water.’

If you would like to donate to the Fowey RNLI lifeboat charity, you can do so on the fundraising page at https://bit.ly/3jo4ccG

Photo credits: Cathy Baillie

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Safety boat for the annual Fowey Harbour Swim

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