Plymouth hosts Blue Mile race to protect environment

Hundreds of people have taken to the water off the Devon coast to help protect the marine environment.

The Blue Mile is designed to raise awareness of the threats facing the world's oceans and seas.

Swimmers, kayakers and paddle boarders rose to the challenge for the first event in Plymouth by covering a mile at sea as quickly as possible.

The first wave of swimmers set off from the city's historic Mayflower Steps.

Organisers said they hoped the Blue Mile would become an annual event.

'Educate and inspire'

On Sunday there will be a Blue Mile walk along the waterfront, plus taster sessions for sailing and kayaking.

Event director, Plymouth yachtsman Conrad Humphreys, said: "It's a race for the environment and it's designed to get people actively engaged with our blue waters."

The Blue Mile's charity partner is the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Natasha Barker, senior marine policy officer at WWF-UK, said: "The Blue Mile is a fun event which aims to educate and inspire people to value our marine environment."

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