facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Swimmer battles currents, jellyfish

Aug. 28, 2012 at 9:22 AM   |   Comments

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A businessman says he was sometimes "scared" as he battled strong currents and jellyfish during a 12-hour swim from Scotland to Northern Ireland.

Wayne Soutter, 43, became the first person to make the 10 1/2-mile trip across the North Channel of the Irish Sea from the Mull of Kintyre to County Antrim when he came ashore late Sunday, miles from his intended destination, The Scotsman reported. Thirteen people have swum from Scotland to Northern Ireland by a longer, 21-mile route with less difficult currents.

"There were definitely times when I was scared for my life," he said. "I was extremely tired -- it was pitch dark, and at times I was drifting a bit further away from the boats."

Soutter, originally from South Africa, owns a computer firm in southern England. He swam the English Channel two years ago.

The tides and currents were not the only hazard. Soutter said he encountered huge "pockets" of jellyfish.

"Eventually, I had to put my head down and swim through them -- there was no other way," he said. "I got stung a lot down my arms, my chest and in my mouth."

Soutter spent 12 hours and 21 minutes in the water, landing at Kenbane Head on the Antrim coast at 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Venezuela's Socialist Party unveils new prayer 'Our Chavez who art in heaven' Venezuela's Socialist Party unveils new prayer 'Our Chavez who art in heaven'
2
Taliban fighter who survived 2012 attack sentenced to death Taliban fighter who survived 2012 attack sentenced to death
3
Wisconsin police chief states he thinks marijuana should be legal Wisconsin police chief states he thinks marijuana should be legal
4
Fracking may put drinking water supply at risk for many countries, study finds Fracking may put drinking water supply at risk for many countries, study finds
5
Hurricane Odile now a dangerous category 4 storm Hurricane Odile now a dangerous category 4 storm
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback