Life-saving hero Paul Kneebone swims from Newlyn to St Michael’s Mount for charity
LIFE SAVER Paul Kneebone has done another good deed, swimming from Newlyn to St Michael’s Mount for charity.
The RNLI man has raised nearly £600 for the seafaring charity following the three-mile mission in the Mount’s Bay mist, which he completed in less than two hours at the weekend.
Mr Kneebone, who volunteers on Penlee Lifeboat, said it was always something he wanted to do and was pleased to have achieved his goal and raise money for the station.
“I have always had it in my head that I wanted to swim across the bay,” he said.
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“I thought if I’m going to do it I may as well raise some money for the RNLI.”
The 34-year-old surfer is no stranger to the sea, also spending time surfing.
In the summer he saved a teenage girl’s life while off duty after she had got into trouble in dangerous waters at Porth Chapel beach, near Porthcurno.
He said the conditions were perfect on Sunday however, adding he felt proud to have accomplished his goal.
“I jumped in off Newlyn Harbour at about 8.30 and arrived at the mount just before half 10,” he said.
“I’m really pleased to have done it, it’s quite an achievement. And it’s for a really worthwhile cause.
“It was a really good swim actually - although it was pretty cold. I had a big roast dinner afterwards.”
Friend and fellow lifeboat crewman Josh Sim followed Mr Kneebone on a safety boat.
“It’s absolutely fantastic,” he said of the effort. “Finding money in this day and age is hard - to get so much on his own is phenomenal.
“For our station in particular £600 is going to go a long way.”