Knebworth grandfather forced to quit Channel swim

PUBLISHED: 12:43 08 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:43 08 August 2013

Andy Nation - pictured here reaching Dover after completing 126 miles of his swimming challenge - has had to abandon his English Channel crossing attempt

Andy Nation - pictured here reaching Dover after completing 126 miles of his swimming challenge - has had to abandon his English Channel crossing attempt

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A KNEBWORTH grandfather who has previously broken his neck was forced to abandon an attempt to swim the Channel this morning.

63-year-old Andy Nation set off from Dover at around midnight, and was seven hours into the swim when he decided he had to stop.

Mr Nation, who was raising cash for Herts Air Ambulance and the Herts MS Therapy Centre, is thought to have been suffering neck pain due to the sea conditions, having broken his neck in a fall last June.

He is now recovering in Calais, France, having completed around 136 miles of an epic 147-mile swimming challenge – which started on July 19 at Teddington Lock in Middlesex.

Charlene Redmond, community fundraiser for the therapy centre, said: “I have spoken to Andy who is now in Calais. He say he is fine, but bitterly disappointed that he was not able to complete the swim all the way to Calais.

“The swell, waves and cold made for very difficult swimming and slowed him down, which meant putting more strain on his already injured neck.

“On a positive note he says at least he managed the English Channel but just not the French Channel.

“We here at the Herts MS Therapy Centre are very proud of what he has achieved despite him not finishing the channel swim.

“After all, how many people after having broken their neck a year ago would still attempt to swim 147 miles to raise funds for charity?

“And he did do around 136 miles of the 147 miles - how much more dedicated and determined can one be?”

To sponsor Mr Nation, visit www.teddingtontocalais2012.org.uk


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