Endurance swimmer in city for challenge

A CAMPAIGNER is swimming the length of the English Channel to raise awareness on protecting the nation's coastline, and he will arrive in Portsmouth in nothing but a pair of Speedos on Monday.

Wednesday, 8th August 2018, 1:57 am
Updated Sunday, 2nd September 2018, 2:54 am
Renowned endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh near Eddystone Lighthouse during The Long Swim challenge on July 24. Picture: Kelvin Trautman

The visit will see British endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh on day 33 of his 50-day challenge called The Long Swim.

The event will see him break a record for being the first man to swim the length of the channel wearing just Speedo swimming trunks, a cap and goggles.

He started the 560km challenge at Land's End, Cornwall, and is scheduled to complete it on August 29 at the White Cliffs of Dover. 

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The total length of the swim is the equivalent of crossing the English Channel from Dover to Calais 16 times over.

Lewis said: '˜I've been swimming in the world's oceans for 30 years. This is not a long time in ecological terms, and yet I've seen the oceans change.

'˜I'm swimming the length of the English Channel to call on the government to urgently protect the waters that surround the UK.'