River Severn swimmer hospitalised after ‘swallowing sewage’


A nurse in a 220-mile challenge to swim the length of the River Severn is in hospital after “swallowing sewage”.

Melissa Compton, who had suffered hypothermia and fatigue during the swim, said the sickness bug was a blip and she was determined to finish.

The 39-year-old was taken ill in Gloucester on Sunday and is in the city’s hospital.

She was just 20 miles short of her finish at Severn Beach in the Bristol Channel.

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