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Endurance swimmer Anna Wardley abandons Isle of Tiree swim
10:37pm Tuesday 13th August 2013 in News
A HAMPSHIRE endurance swimmer was tonight forced to abandon her world record attempt to swim solo and non-stop around the Scottish Island of Tiree.
Anna Wardley was plucked from the water by her support crew soon after 9.30pm - 22 miles into the gruelling 30 mile challenge.
The 37-year-old from Gosport initially took to the water at 4am this morning but was forced to abandon the challenge after 16 hours 9minutes and 8 seconds.
The bid was the fourth part of her Five Island Swim Challenge after successfully swimming around Dragonera, Spain, in May 2012, Portsea in June 2012 and Jersey in June this year.
It was due to culminate with a solo non-stop swim around the Isle of Wight, which is expected to take in the region of 30 hours, at the end of September.
Today’s challenge involved 6ft-long lion’s mane jellyfish, basking sharks, Minke whales and bitterly cold 14C water temperatures wearing a swimming cap and goggles rather than a wetsuit.
She is raising funds for the Samaritans, Sail Africa and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
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