Gallery: Brave swimmers tackle 10km Deben swim challenge

The end of the Big Deben Swim at Waldringfield

The end of the Big Deben Swim at Waldringfield - Credit: Archant

A 43-strong field of swimmers went for a dip in the Deben to raise funds and awareness to help safeguard the estuary.

The Big Deben Swim 2013, held between Felixstowe Ferry and Waldringfield, was the fourth annual event of its kind.

Each year, the event attracts an increasing number of applicants keen to raise awareness of the Deben Estuary Partnership’s (DEP) plans to support and protect the River Deben. Simon Rudland, event founder, said: “The event has a serious objective, focused on raising awareness and supporting the DEP.”

Swimmers arrived for the 10km challenge with wetsuits at the ready and divided into five pods before setting off. Care was taken in the organisation of the event’s safety procedures, with Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club, the coastguard and a dozen volunteer canoeists ready incase of emergency. Mr Rudland added: “It was highly successful and all completed the demanding swim”.

All swimmers finished within three hours and Waldringfield Sailing Club treated them to tea, coffee and bacon butties. Organisers hope to raise £1,000 but their main concern is to raise awareness of the river.