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Calm seas take sting out of epic relay swim

A group of relay swimmers from Northern Ireland have fended off jellyfish stings and exhaustion to successfully cross the notorious North Channel.

Team Camlough are a bunch of keen splashers who gathered together to try and tackle the tricky swim - and eventually made it in 12 hours, 21 minutes and 12 seconds.

The determined team consisted of two brothers - Padraig and Martin Mallon - along with their cousin Aoiffe and her husband, Mickey Lynch.

All are from the small village of Camlough in Co Armagh and were joined by Paul McCambridge and Iryna Kennedy to complete the daredevil team of six.

Chilly waters didn't put the crew off as they began their swim from Bangor just before 9am.

The waters soon eased out and temperatures rose with hardly a breath of wind - allowing a smooth swim across the channel.

They then relayed the journey in hourly rotations.

During the epic journey the team were joined by the local wildlife, with a family of porpoises swimming close by.

Aside from seals and dolphins, the team had to endure many jellyfish stings during the 21-mile swim.

After a long day at sea and with night drawing in, the last swimmer, Padraig, finally landed in Portpatrick Harbour in Scotland after starting the race earlier that morning.

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