FSR three bridges charity Foyle swim

More than 30 swimmers have already signed up for Sunday’s charity Three Bridges Swim in the Foyle.

The annual Foyle swim in aid of Foyle Search and Rescue is open to swimmers of varying levels with lifeboats on hand to ensure that safety is a priority.

“It’s a great bit of fun and all in aid of a worthy charity - it’s not a race,” Paddy Wilson, of Foyle Search and Rescue said. “At the minute we have about 30 swimmers taking part but we expect more come Sunday.”

To take part in the event, swimmers must raise at least £50 in sponsorship for the local charity.

The course for the swim has been changed for this year due to the tide. “This year swimmers will meet at the FSR in Prehen at 11.30am and then be taken to Foyle Bridge where they will swim to Craigavon Bridge with the event starting at 12.30pm. The swim is a great challenge for swimmers of varying ability and the event will take place in a controlled and safe environment with FSR boats and other vessels on hand to help. Even if someone wants to get out of the water or just take a rest for minute in a boat - that’s no problem.”

Meanwhile, the annual Foyle Search and Rescue memorial service - to remember all of those who lost their lives in the Foyle - will take place at the charity’s headquarters in Prehen next Sunday (September 2) at 3pm.