Sheffield dentist Jim Lafferty completes gruelling charity swim across English Channel

Accompanied by his support team and pilot boat High Hopes, Jim, from Nether Edge, swam through the night before reaching a remote beach near Calais in 11 hours and 53 minutes.

“I’d only ever swam for six hours before so I was very nervous before setting off,” he said.

“The sea temperature was about 18 degrees which was OK but in the first hour I faced the roughest seas I’d ever swam in. It was very choppy and I swallowed a lot of salt water.

Jim Lafferty approaching France on his cross-Channel swim

“It soon became more of a mental challenge than a physical one. I did consider getting out after three hours but I knew there was nothing wrong with me and I had to keep going.”

Every 45 minutes Jim stopped to take on food and liquids while treading water.

“It takes a long time before France appears

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