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TV celebrity Davina McCall fine after Windermere swim drama

Davina McCall has completed her swim of Windermere - but she had to be carried out of the water.

The water temperature this morning was 5.9 degrees. The body starts to shut down in this temperature at about 20-30min.

A teary wetsuit-clad Davina slipped her body into icy water at the start of her early-morning swim.

The terrified mum-of-three swam across Windermere as part of a 500 mile triathlon which will see her walk, swim and cycle from London to Edinburgh for Sport Relief.

Davina McCall is carried from Windermere at the end of her swim. Article continues below...

But the shattered celebrity had to be helped from the water after completing her brave task.

She later insisted she was "completely fine".

Surrounded by cheering wellwishers, the TV presenter told the crowd: “I’m completely fine, I was just cold. I’ve warmed up now, I’ve had a nice bath and I’m ready to get on the bike.”

Her challenge started at Edinburgh Castle at 7.45am on Saturday.

Since then, she has pedalled her way through temperatures of three degrees with wind-chill from gale force winds of up to 40mph.

Yesterday, she climbed to the summit of Scafell Pike.

Sport Relief challenges trainer Professor Greg Whyte, who coached the likes of David Walliams for his channel swim, spent 10 weeks preparing Davina for the challenge.

Mr Whyte said: "Hypothermia is a real risk. I only had 10 weeks to get her ready. When she first started she could barely swim a length of a pool.

"If she panics and swims really quickly she will expend all her energy in the first 15min.

"She's got a wetsuit on so this will add essentially 6mm of blubber between the water and her skin." 

Davina set off yesterday on her epic challenges through Cumbria.

She was passing through Keswick, Borrowdale, Seathwaite, Great Langdale, Langdale, Skelwith Bridge and Windermere  as part of her Sports Relief challenge.

The BT Sport Relief Challenge: Davina – Beyond Breaking Point, is a seven-day ordeal which will see her attempt to run, swim and cycle more than 500 miles from Edinburgh to London.

She set off on bike from Main Street in Keswick at first light yesterday.

Speaking ahead of her back-breaking journey, Davina said: “My Sport Relief challenge is like an Iron Man on steroids. I have to propel myself without an engine from Edinburgh to London.

“My head is in the game, I am focused, and I’m going to do it.”

The public is encouraged to come out and cheer Davina on along her challenge, especially with the poor weather forecast.


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