A swimmer has set off from Kent, attempting to cross from Dover to Cap Gris Nez in France. Kathy Batts is taking on the gruelling 21-mile challenge just weeks after her close friend Susan Taylor, who was attempting the same challenge, collapsed and died just one mile short of the French Coast.
Having started at 7am on Tuesday 6th August Kathy hopes to reach France before midnight on the same day.
A few days ago our reporter Nashreen Issa spoke to Kathy and her family about the Channel attempt. The swimmer was keen to explain why she was determined to go ahead with what some call the 'Everest' of open water swimming.
A swimmer in her fifties is taking on the challenge of a lifetime by swimming the Channel both ways in one go. The attempt comes a week after Susan Taylor died while swimming from Dover across to France. Sally Minty-Gravett has been speaking to Wesley Smith.