Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Royal Navy divers complete underwater marathon challenge

Royal Navy diver Image copyright Royal Navy
Image caption The divers walked the lake 6m (20ft) underwater in lead-lined boots

A group of Royal Navy mine clearance divers based in Portsmouth have walked a marathon underwater for charity.

The 14 divers from Fleet Diving Squadron, at Horsea Island, completed the 26 mile (42km) walk in the lake at their base in 25 hours.

The divers took turns to walk the 1km (3,280ft) length of the lake in pairs, wearing air cylinders and lead-lined boots.

They completed the challenge five hours under their target time of 30 hours.

They expect to raise £5,000 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) which helps sailors, marines and their families from the event.

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Image caption The divers walked the length of the lake at their base
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Image caption Walking in pairs, the divers completed the marathon in 25 hours

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