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Brighton swimmer dealt blow in charity Channel swim bid
A 16-year-old who has always dreamed of swimming the Channel has faced another blow in his quest.
Brighton swimmer Max Andrews, who aspires to compete in the next Olympics, has always wanted to complete the marathon swim and has finally reached the minimum age to be able to take part.
He was featured in The Argus a few weeks ago when he was attempting to raise £500 for a support boat.
After donations from The Argus readers and other fundraising Max set off on the mammoth swim with his six team mates last Tuesday.
The team went for six hours and got 10.5 miles into the journey before they were forced to turn around after a team member fell ill on her leg of the swim.
Charlotte Savins, 49, has been a regular sea swimmer for years and swims at least once a day.
The psychotherapist said: “I have been training hard for the past seven months to be ready for the swim.
“Unfortunately, I inhaled seawater during my swim and developed serious breathing difficulties. I did complete my hour but the pilot decided that it was not safe for me to continue and do a second hour.”
The swim was aborted and the down-hearted swimmers returned to Dover.
Mrs Savins continued: “I was really gutted. The other swimmers all did so well and swam brilliantly.
“Max and the other swimmers are brilliant and all deserve to complete this relay.
“I know each of the team has been passionate about swimming the Channel and some have made huge sacrifices to be able to pay for the trip.”
Max swam three miles in his dedicated hour and said he had a “great swim” and was “gutted” to find out that the team had to turn around.
He said: “After all the training it was a bit of a shock but the most important thing was knowing that Charlotte was OK.”
The team has another window in September if they can raise £400 for the support boat.
Max said: “I need to raise some extra money but I will make it to France. I’m very excited to go again as it something I love and I know what to expect next time.”
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