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RNLI Charity swimmers swept out to sea during Joss Bay race

posted 29 Aug 2011, 12:12 by Dan Butler   [ updated 10 Dec 2011, 10:09 ]
Below is pic of Mike after his rescue about 1.5 miles off course !
Over 10 of the team (Mike, Ade, G, Kelly, Steve H, Claire, Jamie, Guy, Dan C, Matt, Dan B - prob missed someone) Entered the Charity RNLI swim at Joss Bay which made BBC Southeast News and headlines on BBC Kent!
Up to 80 swimmers were rescued by those great volunteers from the RNLI and the Coastguard - only 3 people finished the 3.8K! Ade being one of them, winning his age group!  Apparently it was an unexpected rip tide that swept through the area, which took some swimmers as far as the Thames estuary! Potentially a very serious incident which ended with every swimmer being accounted for - thank goodness!  Apart from the rip-tide-dramas, it was great to see so many of the Team on the beach with their families - a lovely atmosphere :0) and I think a pretty good, if eventful, day on the whole.