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Over 200 people take part in tenth RNLI Castle to Castle Swim

Lifeboats News Release

More than 200 people took part in the RNLI’s annual Castle to Castle Swim at the weekend raising thousands of pounds for the charity which saves lives at sea.


Falmouth ALB Lifeboat

The RNLI’s Castle to Castle swim is a one mile open water sea swim across the mouth of the River Fal. The swim stars under Pendennis Castle and finishes under St Mawes Castle on the Roseland Penninsula.

The swim, which has now taken place for a decade, is a fundraising event for the RNLI and has raised thousands of pounds for the charity since it started in 2009. This year over 230 entrants completed the swim and it is hoped to raise close to £14,000 for the RNLI.

The first participant to finish the swim this year was Thomas Trebilcock in just over 20 minutes. The youngest person to complete the swim this year was Millie Danielsen at age 14, who finished with a time of just over 33 minutes.

James Clark, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager said:

‘This is a fantastic annual event for the RNLI. The event is largely run by volunteers and without their help, the swim wouldn’t be possible. Thanks to all the support for the swim over the past ten years, we have been able to raise a tremendous amount of money for the RNLI, which has gone directly to helping save lives at sea and around our coastline. Also, a massive thanks to all participants of this year’s swim and well done!’

Notes to Editors

  • Pictured:

  1. Falmouth lifeboats providing safety cover for the event

  2. First three swimmers to completed the swim

  3. Swimmer Jake Gifford

  4. Swimmer Jodie Morris – first year completing swim, completed in memory of her aunt.

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For more information please contact Jessica Putt, Media Engagement Placement, on 01752 854479 or email, or Emma Haines, Regional Media Officer, at 01752 854457 or email


The first three swimmers to crosh the finish line


Swimmer Jake Gifford

RNLI/Jessica Putt

Swimmer Jodie Morris - first year completing the swim in memory of her aunt

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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