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SAILORS from a navy swimming association swam to Gosport to raise cash for charity.

Swimmers from Portsmouth Grammar School joined the sailors as they swam 3.5 miles from Ryde, on the Isle of Wight to Stokes Bay, in Gosport, raising cash for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

At one point on the long swim the group were held up by a cargo ship.

But that did not stop marine engineer Lieutenant Rhodri Humphreys who finished the journey in one hour 15 minutes.

He said: ‘It was cold when we were waiting for the tanker to pass but once we got going the conditions were quite good with a relatively calm sea.

‘We were able to raise a lot of money for the charity.’

The first woman to finish was Commander Ellie Ablett, who works at headquarters in Portsmouth.

She completed it in a speedy two hours and 15 minutes.