Environmentalist breaks world record in Isle of Wight swim

Report by ITV News Meridian's Richard Slee

An environmental campaigner from Dorset has broken the world record for swimming around the Isle of Wight.

Oly Rush, who lives in Upton, circled the island in 15 hours and nine minutes, beating the world record which stood at 26 hours.

The environmentalist began the 65-mile adventure at 11am on Monday, leaving Seaview Yacht Club on the island.

Oly's swim has raised more than £7,000 for charity, in the hope of also raising awareness of plastic pollution.

Only four swimmers have circumnavigated the Isle of Wight, with the quickest setting the record at 26 hours.

It is not the charity swimmer's first furore in long distance swimming, last year he swam the entire Jurassic Coast over 10 days.

The route Oly took around the island