The Oban Times - - Community News -

SEVEN swim­mers have com­pleted the first swim from St Kilda to Harris - a 55-mile (88km) jour­ney.

The re­lay team started at 4am last Mon­day from Vil­lage Bay on Hirta, the main is­land on the re­mote ar­chi­pel­ago.

They reached the beach at Huisin­ish in Harris just af­ter 3pm on Tues­day - seven hours ahead of sched­ule.

This was the third time this year the team had at­tempted the swim. They had to call off pre­vi­ous at­tempts in May and July be­cause of bad weather.

The char­ity swim­mers tried to com­plete the swim last year, but had to aban­don it af­ter about 24 miles (38km).

A strong northerly cur­rent slowed down their progress to­wards the end of their suc­cess­ful at­tempt.

Ear­lier, they had been able to make good progress be­cause of fine weather and calm sea con­di­tions.

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