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Swimmer retires after hallucinations

Hampshire endurance swimmer retires from swim around Tiree Credit: Matthew Pryor

British endurance swimmer, Anna Wardley, has retired from her challenge to be the first ever person to swim around Tiree island.

She gave up her swim after 16 hours, 9 minutes and 8 seconds as she covered 22 miles of the 30-mile circumnavigation.

The swim was called off as Anna was hallucinating and was so cold her chattering teeth were preventing her from breathing properly.

Anna said after her swim: “It was really tough out there today and I am utterly exhausted but I’m proud of what I achieved, although it was not what I set out to do.”

For the first 15 miles of today's record attempt, the tide and wind were against her.

Anna lives in Gosport and has become the first person this year to successfully swim around Jersey under 12 hours.

Swimmer taken out of water 22 miles into record attempt

The Hampshire swimmer making a record attempt to become the first person to swim around Tiree has been taken out of the water after 16 hours, nine minutes and eight seconds.

Anna Wardley, from Gosport, had completed approximately 22 miles of the 30 mile swim in the Inner Hebrides.

A statement from her support team said they are focusing on getting her warm and onto dry land.

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Hampshire swimmer attempts round-Island swim

Anna will swim around the island clockwise Credit: Seagrass Communications

A Hampshire endurance swimmer is set to swim solo around the Hebridean island of Tiree tomorrow as part of her Five Island Swim Challenge.

Anna Wardley, 37, will swim non-stop around the island and will be braving 6ft-long lion mane's jellyfish and sharks.

She started the 30-mile swim, which no-one has ever attempted, at 3am this morning and is due to finish at 6pm tonight.

She will be swimming under the rules of the British Long Distance Swimming Association, which means only wearing a swimsuit, cap and googles.