After an eight-hour search, a channel swimmer was recovered.

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After an eight-hour search, a lone man attempting to swim the English Channel from Dover to Calais was rescued.

A buddy of the swimmer called the coastguard on Monday, prompting the search.

A helicopter and lifeboats were dispatched to assist in the search, and the man was eventually discovered 500 meters coast of Dover by a boat.

The swimmer, who was described as “cold and exhausted,” was carried to land.

Just after lunchtime, the rescue mission began.

According to a representative for the Coast Guard, “At 12:10 p.m. today, HM Coastguard received a telephone from a member of the public reporting that a buddy was swimming alone from Dover to Calais.

“Coastguard rescue teams from Deal and Langdon were dispatched, as were RNLI lifeboats from Dover and Dungeness, as well as coastguard search and rescue helicopters from Lydd and Lee-on-Solent.

“Vessels in the area were instructed to keep a close eye on the situation, and Kent Police, Dover Port Police, and Dover Port were notified.

“A passing vessel noticed the swimmer shortly before 8 p.m., only 500 meters off the coast of Dover, and he was hauled aboard the RNLI Dungeness lifeboat, chilly and tired but otherwise unharmed.

“He’s been brought to shore, and the South East Ambulance Service will examine him.”

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