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A football coach is set to take a dip in the sea after fans voted for him to be rescued from open waters.

Brighton and Hove Albion fans have voted overwhelmingly to see club coach Charlie Oatway dumped and rescued from the sea in the first of two Oatway Ordeals to mark the testimonial year of the combative 39-year-old.

The RNLI will take Oatway around a mile-and-half out from Shoreham Lifeboat Station into the sea where he will dumped and left stranded before being rescued by a smaller RNLI boat.

Some 86% of fans voted for that ordeal over forcing the footballer to eat a plate of insects.

Voting for the second and final Oatway Ordeal has now opened with Seagulls supporters given the option of making Charlie eat a plate of insects in ordeal A or sit in a bath of beans in ordeal B at the Young Seagulls Christmas party at the American Express Community Stadium on Sunday, December 23.

Oatway said: “My worst fears have been realised and I've now got six months to get over my fear of water.

“This will undoubtedly be the scariest thing I have ever attempted and I'm sure there will be a few people who will be looking forward to seeing me suffer with their cameras at the ready"

To vote for your favourite Oatway Ordeal text either ORDEAL A or ORDEAL B to 70100.

Texts cost £1 plus your standard network rate with all proceeds going towards Albion in The Community. Voting closes at midnight on December 18.

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