Portsmouth Royal Navy divers’ delight at completing underwater marathon

Leading Diver Graham Williamson is dressed in his suit ready for his first stage walk.   Picture:  Lphot Jay Allen
Leading Diver Graham Williamson is dressed in his suit ready for his first stage walk. Picture: Lphot Jay Allen
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ROYAL Navy mine clearance divers from Portsmouth had reason to celebrate after they completed a marathon with a difference – it was underwater.

The team of 14 from the Fleet Diving Squadron took just over 25 hours to walk 26 miles underwater.

Wearing kit weighing 40kg the divers took it in turns – walking in pairs - to complete 1km at a time in six metres of water in the giant lake at their base on Horsea Island.

One of the team, Lieutenant Jonny Campbell, said the event was ‘extremely tough’, adding: ‘The worst part was overnight when the temperature dropped, walking in complete darkness and relying on the support crew to guide us along.’

The team aims to raise £5,000 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. So far, the total is £3,500. To donate, seeuk.virginmoneygiving.com/fleetdivingunit1