Tough swim off Wexford coast for fund raisers

David Tucker

Published 07/07/2015 | 00:00

wexford coast swimmers
wexford coast swimmers
Main picture: David and Maghnus in the water off Hook Head. Inset: the duo prepare for their gruelling endurance swim.

Jellyfish made life difficult enough off the Wexford coast for two seasoned Irish adventurers, but their passage around the swirling waters of Hook was the toughest they ecountered during the opening leg of the longest endurance swim ever undertaken in Ireland.

David Burns and Maghnus Collins Smith are attempting to make history by becoming the first swimmers to ever circumnavigate the Irish coastline. They set off in early June on a whopping 1,600 km journey that will take them around the coast on a trip that they expect will take up to four months to complete.

The two adventurers set off from South Dublin and spent two weeks travelling along the Wexford coastline - much of it taking place as far as 10k off shore. Their 'Swim360' effort is being sponsored by retailer' Costcutters', and is being undertaken to raise funds for two chosen charities, Gorta-Self Help Africa and the RNLI. In completing the course it will put the two 30 year olds on course for a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest swim ever undertaken in the Atlantic Ocean. The pair have time-tabled their effort on a 'six hours on, six hours off' rota of swimming to resting, and are being accompanied on the trip by a support crew using jet-skis, inflatables and other boats during different stages of the trip.

The duo stopped in to Courtown, Ballymoney, Blackwater, Curracloe, Carnsore Point, Kilmore Quay and Hook Head during the Wexford leg of their trip and were accompanied by curious seals, jellyfish boaters and other forms of marine life during the stretch. They described swimming around Hook Head as the toughest conditions they have encountered to date. David and Maghnus are hoping to raise up to €100,000 for the two nominated charities with their efforts. Anyone who is interested in supporting them can check out their MyCharity page via the website of Self Help Africa at www.selfhelpafrica.org, or by visiting the page directly at: http://www.mycharity.ie/event/swim360/

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