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Swimmer Walliams defies sewage risk

Comedian David Walliams will press ahead with his attempt to swim the full length of the Thames despite news that half a million cubic metres of sewage has entered the river in the past week.

The Little Britain star has already battled with a bout of "Thames tummy" from swallowing the river water as he aims to cover 140 miles in eight days.

Thames Water has contacted his team to inform them of the stomach-churning amount of sewage in the water.

Richard Aylard from the water board said: "We've been in touch with David Walliams' team and he'll have to make his own decisions. We're not public health experts but I wouldn't recommend swimming in it. That said, David is doing a hugely admirable thing and we wish him all the best."

The comic, who has had inoculations to protect him against possible diseases during his epic swim, will press on regardless.

On Saturday Walliams passed the 100-mile mark in his BT Sport Relief Challenge, spurred on by the presence of his wife Lara Stone in a support boat.

He even rescued a pet Labrador called Vinny which was struggling to get out of the river due to a bad hip.

Walliams said: "I heard a splash and looked over to be met with the face of a sweet Labrador. I thought he was fine, but he started to really struggle when he was getting out so I swam over and helped his owner get him out."

The animal's owner Steve Outten, 23, from High Wycombe, said: "Vinny has hip dysplasia and was really struggling to get out just as David was swimming past.

"He stopped, swam over and helped me get him out, which when you think what he's going through with the swim is totally amazing, what a man."


From Belfast Telegraph