After an eight-hour search, a channel swimmer was discovered alive 500 meters off the coast of Dover.
The swimmer is fine, according to the coastguard, and he will be examined by ambulance personnel.
After being seen by a passing vessel, an almost eight-hour hunt for a person attempting to swim from Dover to Calais solo has ended.
A large search for the male swimmer was performed by emergency services, who was eventually recovered barely 500 meters off the coast of Dover.
After the coastguard got a phone from a member of the public reporting that a friend was attempting to cross into France, a helicopter and rescue teams were dispatched sea off Kent.
The 27-mile region between Dover and Calais, home to the world’s biggest shipping lane, may be treacherous.
The rescue mission began shortly after noon and lasted until nearly 8 pm on Sunday.
He was cold and tired when he was discovered but generally fine, according to the coastguard. He was brought to shore and will be examined by ambulance personnel.
According to the PA news agency, the incident had nothing to do with migrant crossings.
“At around 12.10 pm today, HM Coastguard received a report from a member of the public with knowledge that their friend was swimming unaccompanied to Calais from Dover,” a coastguard spokesperson said.
“Coastguard rescue teams from Deal and Langdon were dispatched, together with Coastguard search and rescue helicopters from Lydd and Lee-on-Solent, as well as RNLI lifeboats from Dover and Dungeness.”
“Vessels in the region were advised to keep a close eye out, and Kent police, Dover Port police, and Dover Port were notified.”
“A passing vessel found the swimmer shortly before 8 pm, only 500 meters off Dover, and he was hauled onto the RNLI Dungeness lifeboat, chilly and fatigued but otherwise unharmed.”
“He’s been brought to shore, and the South East Coast Ambulance Service will examine him.”