Applause for navy diver

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CHIEF Petty Officer Ian Fleming crossed the finish line to shouts and cheers after completing the course in a 200lb diving suit.

The 48-year-old, who serves at Southern Diving Unit 2 on Horsea Island, got special permission to complete the course in three days – four miles Friday, five miles Saturday and one mile yesterday – where fellow servicemen caught up with him for the home straight. He said: ‘It was hard work – my body’s hurting.

‘Sunday was easy!’