Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Skokholm Island Sink or Swim - they call him 'Flipper'!

Dodging dolphins, jelly fish and basking sharks and battling the Pembrokeshire currents to raise money for charity.
On the 22nd of August at approximately 7am Dave Astins, a daring volunteer and supporter of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales will be attempt a treacherous sponsored swim from Marloes Sands, across Marloes Bay to the beautiful Skokholm Island approximately 2.5 miles in a straight line!
The Wildlife Trust have carried out research and have yet to find someone who has successfully completed and recorded the swim from the mainland to the island, so this is quite possibly a first!   Dave who works in Education and Children’s Services for Carmarthenshire County Council said, ‘The distance isn't a fear for me but the strong currents, jellyfish and basking sharks are a different story...it will also be a truly unique way of getting to Skokholm Island’.
After the swim Dave also plans on staying on the island for 3 nights, and carrying out some volunteering for the Wildlife Trust whilst there.
Dave who trains with Pembrokeshire Triathlon Club will raise money towards the Wildlife Trusts’ work on Skokholm Island, a world famous seabird colony and Britain's first Bird Observatory.

If you’d like to help Dave support the Wildlife Trust then please visit the JustGiving page on the following link:

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