Lone Channel swimmer found 500 metres off Dover after eight-hour search

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A nearly eight-hour search for a person trying to swim from Dover to Calais unaccompanied has ended after he was spotted by a passing vessel.

Emergency services launched a major operation to try to locate the male swimmer, who was eventually found just 500 metres off Dover.

A helicopter and rescue teams were dispatched to the sea off Kent after the coastguard received a call from a member of the public saying a friend was trying to cross to France.

The 27-mile stretch between Dover and Calais can be dangerous and is home to the world’s busiest shipping lane.

The rescue operation started just after midday and continued until nearly 8pm on Sunday.

When found, he was cold and tired but otherwise well, the coastguard confirmed. He has been brought to shore and will be checked over by ambulance staff.

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White cliffs of Dover. Image courtesy of Gertjan van Noord, CC BY-ND 2.0

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