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Thursday, 22 August 2013

Oceans Seven's record swim to Wales ended due to health concerns


The attempt by well known open water swimmer Steve Redmond to swim from Ireland to Wales ended in the early hours of Thursday morning (22 August 2013) on the advice of his support team, which included medical personnel, after he showed signs of hypothermia just hours into the swim. He had left Carne Pier in Wexford. Ireland earlier and was bound for St. Davids. Pembrokeshire in Wales.
 
Oceans Seven Swimmer Steve Redmond (47) will swim the Irish Sea non-stop starting August. Fnish at St Davids, Pembrokshire, Wales here he is perparing in Baltimore Harbour, Cork, Ireland with the Lifeboat (RNLI) (Michael MacSweeney-Provision)
Steve has already made history for being the first man ever to complete the gruelling Seven Oceans Swim and was looking to take on the challenge of being the first person to swim from Ireland to Wales. 

Speaking on the decision to end the swim John Kearney from Steve’s support team said, “While I know many people will be disappointed, not least Steve himself, we made the right decision to end the attempt.  Our main focus and concern was always Steve’s health and when he started displaying worrying signs of hypothermia we felt that with such a long swim ahead of him it was not worth the risk.  Steve has swam some of the most gruelling oceans and he knows that everything has to be right and you don’t take chances. 

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