Man attempting to swim the English Channel rescued after 8-hour search

A man attempting to swim the English Channel was rescued after an eight hour search.

The friend of the swimmer on Monday alerted the coastguard, following which the hunt was prompted.

Helicopter and lifeboats were used in the search and rescue operations  and the man was eventually found by a boat just 500m off the coast of Dover.

The swimmer was brought to shore and was described as “cold and tired”.

The man was attempting to swim between Dover to Calais of the English channel.

“Coastguard rescue teams from Deal and Langdon, RNLI lifeboats from Dover and Dungness and coastguard search and rescue helicopters from Lydd and Lee-on-Solent were sent,” coastguard spokesperson said.

“Vessels in the area were asked to keep a sharp lookout and Kent Police, Dover Port Police and Dover Port were informed.”

“The swimmer was spotted shortly before 8pm by a passing vessel only 500 metres off Dover and was taken onboard the RNLI Dungeness lifeboat, cold and tired but otherwise well.”