Celebs complete swim despite giant jellyfish

Ronan Keating, Jenny Frost and Jason Bradbury, and Strictly star Pamela Stephenson completed a daring 90km swim across the Irish Sea, battling Lion’s Mane jellyfish.

Led by Olympic medallist swimmer Steve Parry, they all touched land on a beach just north of Wicklow pier, near Dublin, Ireland, at 8.18am.

They left Holyhead in Anglesey, North Wales, at 9pm on Tuesday night.

The 56-nautical mile (65 land miles) charity relay swim was in aid of Cancer Research UK.

As the tide pushed the swimmers further south than expected, the group had to take a boat back up the coast to the Forty Foot in Sandycove, where Ronan’s father Gerry and sister Linda were among a small crowd of supporters gathered since sunrise.

The former Boyzone singer lost his mother to breast cancer in 1998, and was determined to overcome his fear of sea swimming to lead the attempt to raise £1million for Cancer Research UK.

Speaking during a break in the swim, Ronan revealed: “We were warned about the Lion’s Mane jellyfish, but there are hundreds and it’s frightening when they are right there sitting in front of you.

“You gasp and lose your breath, but you’ve just got to keep moving. Thank God we haven’t seen any sharks, I’m very happy about that.”

Ronan came up with the idea for the swim with Richard Branson. But the team suffered an early blow when Sir Richard pulled out at the last moment after fire destroyed his Caribbean home.

For more details on their fundraising swim go to https://the-swim.co.uk

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