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ROYAL Navy divers will be tackling a marathon underwater charity challenge tomorrow as they walk 26 miles – while wearing 40kg of kit.

A team of 14 mine clearance divers from Fleet Diving Squadron at Horsea Island, Portsmouth, hope to raise £5,000 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).

Wearing lead-lined boots, air cylinders and a 17kg helmet the divers will take it in turns to walk one kilometre in six metres of water in the giant lake at their base.

They aim to complete the challenge in 30 hours.

One of the divers, Leading Diver Duncan Watt, 37, said it ‘will be extremely tough – both mentally and physically’.

Laura Young, of the RNRMC, said this was one of the ‘most eccentric fundraising events the charity had seen, and added: ‘Taking part in a marathon on dry land is hard enough as it is, let alone being underwater.’

To donate, see http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fleetdivingunit1