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Last Updated: Friday, 3 October, 2003, 13:32 GMT 14:32 UK
Injured marathon man ploughs on
Lloyd Scott in his diving suit
Lloyd Scott injured his shoulder
A charity fundraiser injured after slipping down a ledge during an underwater marathon along Loch Ness has vowed to carry on.

There were fears that Lloyd Scott would not be fit enough to continue his challenge after hurting his shoulder when he veered away from his guide rope.

Mr Scott has been negotiating a 26-mile stretch of the famous loch's murky depths wearing an old-fashioned diving suit weighing 120lb.

But the former firefighter has brushed off the fall as a "minor incident".

An eight-man support team of qualified divers managed to reach Mr Scott and help him to the surface.

In poor visibility he veered away from his guide rope and plummeted 15ft down a 294ft sheer drop
Spokeswoman for Mr Scott
The underwater stunt is aimed at raising 1m for a children's cancer charity.

A spokeswoman for Mr Scott's team said: "In poor visibility he veered away from his guide rope and plummeted 15ft down a 294ft sheer drop.

"The shoulder is holding up well and he is back in business.

"He has had a really good morning and is brushing it all off as a minor incident.

"Lloyd's only concern is the weather because tomorrow we're expecting strong winds from the north, which could present us with problems."

He has completed 9.5 miles so far and if he completes the underwater marathon he will raise money for the charity Children with Leukaemia.

Diving novice

Before setting off, Mr Scott, who has suffered from leukaemia himself, said he was looking forward to the challenge - despite the obvious discomfort he faced.

His journey began on Sunday as more than 1,200 runners from 14 countries lined up at the starting post of the annual Loch Ness marathon.

Connected by an airline to a surface boat, he had hoped to cover three miles each day at a depth of around 30 feet.

Having never dived before, Mr Scott, who lives in Essex with his three children, Aimee, 15, twins Luke and Elliot, nine, and wife Carole, spent five weeks obtaining his dive qualifications in Fort William.

He has previously completed conventional land marathons in London, New York and Edinburgh while wearing the same type of diving suit.

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