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Swimmer splashes charity cash

Kenny Boyd swimming
The swimming challenge raised over 5,000 for charity

A man who became the first person in 40 years to perform a particular feat of endurance swimming is in Bangladesh to distribute some of the cash raised.

Belfast man Kenny Boyd swam the six miles from Rathlin Island to Ballycastle without a wetsuit.

Last October's endurance swim, which took just under four hours, raised more than 5,000 for the charity Concern.

Mr Boyd has been travelling across Bangladesh with charity workers, witnessing the work being done there.

The environmental consultant said some of the money would go towards buying wind-up radios.

"The very sad thing is the poorest people will be worst affected by climate change - if the sea level rises by just one metre in Bangladesh, up to 30 million people would lose their homes," he said.

"There is no early warning system at all, so these radios will be used for people to listen to weather forecasts.

"In the event of severe weather they will be able to take safety measures like moving to higher ground."

Mr Boyd has even taken the chance to get in a bit of swimming practice in warmer waters.

"We visited a Concern project on little islands known as Chars, which are being eroded as sea levels rise," he said.

"We were probably a strange sight. I got into the water and swam with some of the children - they'd never seen a great white whale before but they certainly did yesterday."

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