A search that was underway for a missing swimmer in the English Channel has been called off after the male was picked up by a passing vessel.
It is thought that the swimmer was attempting an unaccompanied swim to Calais from Drover – a distance of around 22 nautical miles.
At around 12.10 pm yesterday (August 31) HM Coastguard received an emergency call from a member of the public with information that their friend was swimming unaccompanied to Calais from Dover.
Coastguard rescue teams from Deal and Langdon, RNLI lifeboats from Dover and Dungeness and coastguard search and rescue helicopters from Lydd and Lee-on-Solent were deployed in an attempt to try and locate the swimmer.
HM Coastguard asked vessels which were in the area where the swimmer was believed to be to keep a lookout.
Kent Police, Dover Port Police and Dover Port were told about the incident.
The swimmer was spotted shortly before 8 pm by a passing vessel only 500 metres off Dover.
Once the swimmer was taken on board, the Master of the boat alerted the Coastguard.
The male was then taken on board the RNLI Dungeness lifeboat. He was reported to be cold and tired but otherwise well.
He was taken to shore and was checked over by South East Ambulance Service.
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