31 August 2011
Last updated at 14:39
A team of celebrities are swimming across the Irish Sea to raise £1m for Cancer research. Singer Ronan Keating, Strictly Come Dancing star Pamela Stephenson and gadget guru Jason Bradbury left Euston Station in London on Tuesday for Holyhead in Wales. Virgin boss Richard Branson was due to join in but pulled out of the event after a fire in his Caribbean home.
After arriving on Anglesey the celebrities, including Olympic medallist swimmer Steve Parry, joined public swimmers in posing for the cameras at Holyhead sailing club.
Keating and former Atomic Kitten singer Jenny Frost recorded a piece to camera for The Swim, ahead of the 56-mile relay from Holyhead to Dublin.
Frost tested the water temperature at Holyhead sailing club before Tuesday's planned 21:00 BST start time.
As darkness fell Ronan Keating and his wife Yvonne and Pamela Stephenson approached the water.
Singer Keating prepared to be the first celebrity into the water. He earlier told BBC Wales that the prospect of the swim, which could take up to 40 hours, was 'daunting'.
In between stints in the water, Keating has been using Twitter to keep fans and supporters updated on his progress.
Jenny Frost was the second celebrity into the water. By 06:00 BST on Wednesday the team were reported to be 12 nautical miles south of Holyhead, with coastguards saying the event was going as planned.
As the swim entered its second day Steve Parry, Pamela Stephenson, Ronan Keating, Jenny Frost and Jason Bradbury were pictured on a support boat, awaiting their next stint swimming.
One of the experienced swimmers in the team, Nikki Fraser from Penistone in South Yorkshire, did her first stint in the water 30 miles into the crossing.
The 18-year-old beat more than 30 other swimmers to win her place on the team. Pic: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
With the swim around the halfway mark, Jenny Frost waited on the support boat with husband Vinnie for her next relay effort. Pic: Peter Byrne/PA Wire