Swimmer abandons Wexford-Wales swim for charity due to hypothermia
on 22/08/2013 07:28:29
The open water swimmer was just hours into his attempt overnight when he was advised by medics to cut it short.
He left Carne Pier in Wexford in the early hours of this morning and was trying to swim to St Davids in Wales. He would have been the first person to complete the challenge.
"While I know many people will be disappointed, not least Steve himself, we made the right decision to end the attempt," said John Kearney from the support team.
"Our main focus and concern was always Steve's health and when he started displaying worrying signs of hypothermia we felt that with such a long swim ahead of him it was not worth the risk.
"Steve has swam some of the most gruelling oceans and he knows that everything has to be right and you don't take chances."
Redmond was raising funds for the RNLI, and has raised several hundred euro by this morning.