Solent swim is called off buy Deborah says she’ll try again

Deborah Herridge
Deborah Herridge
Portsmouth Grammar School pupils, back from left  to right: Sam Rush, Oliver Clark, Hermione Barrick, Michaela Clancy, Ilana Berney, Lizzy Greenfield, Charlotte Phillips, Grace Goodfellow, Caleb Barron, Robert Merriam. Front row, left to right: Katie Morrison, Gemma Webb, Lana Watt, Alfie Perry-Ward

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  • Deborah Herridge plans to swim from Hill Head to Ryde on the Isle of Wight
  • Latest attempt had to be called off due to poor conditions
  • Debrah is planning to try again in September
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ALTHOUGH her epic swim had to be called off, Deborah Herridge has vowed to try again.

Deborah, pictured, of Lee-on-the-Solent, planned to become the first person to swim 14 miles from Hill Head to Ryde and back.

There was very low visibility which would have made it quite dangerous

Deborah Herridge

But the Solent pilot advised her not to go ahead with the attempt due to poor conditions.

Deborah, 46, said: ‘I was gutted.

‘The pilot called it off when I was standing on the shoreline. There was very low visibility which would have made it quite dangerous.’

Deborah, a landscape photographer, is now planning to make the crossing in September.

She said: ‘I’ve been training since January 1 and now I’ve got keep up the training for another 10 weeks.’

She is planning to make the swim without the aid of a wetsuit dressed in just a ‘swimsuit, cap and goggles’.

Deborah has also been fundraising and has so far raised more than £1,500 for charities including the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation.

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