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Man attempts to swim River Severn for charity

Kevin Brady is attempting to swim the entire length of the River Severn Credit: ITV News

A fundraiser from Gloucester who hopes to become the first person to swim the entire length of the River Severn, begins his challenge today.

Co-founder of the Superhero Foundation, Kevin Brady, is expected to take at least three weeks to complete the challenge, which will see him swim the longest river in the UK.


Severn Princess car ferry to be restored

The ferry will soon be restored Credit: David McLean Communications

Work has finally begun to restore the Severn Princess car ferry, which used to take vehicles across the Severn estuary. It went out of business with the opening of the Severn bridge in 1966. It will form the main attraction at a heritage centre in the shadow of the bridge in Chepstow.

Body recovered from the River Severn

A body has been recovered from the Severn Estuary at St Pierre Pill near Chepstow.

A search and rescue operation had been launched after a man was reported missing from a yacht in the area.

Coastguards as well as one lifeboat and two land teams from the Severn Area Rescue Association were involved in trying to find the missing person.

The search has since been called off.

On patrol to catch elver poachers

The Environment Agency is patrolling the River Severn to watch out for elver poachers.

They're using boats with special imaging equipment so they can see in the dark. Other officers patrol the banks.

The baby eels are a delicacy in the Far East and can command a high price, but fishing is strictly controlled. Anyone doing it without a permit can be prosecuted.

Bill Burleigh is an Environment Agency Fisheries Officer:


Traditional salmon fishing on the Severn

Nigel Mott fishes for wild salmon on the Severn using a centuries old method of cages or "putchers".

The salmon swim with the tide and into the traps. But to get them he has to clamber out along a precarious girder and then find his way among the racks of putchers.

His are made of metal, more traditional ones were made from willow.

Mr Mott is wearing a head camera for some of the shots so you can see what he can see.

If what he is doing looks dangerous now, imagine what it is like in the dark, and in a gale. But it is a way of life Mr Mott says he is determined to protect.