Thursday 29 September 2016

Swimmer who rescued man from River Liffey crosses the English Channel in record time

Catherine Devine

Published 14/08/2016 | 15:41

Rachel Lee is taking on the icy challenge of swimming the English Channel Photo: DFB
Rachel Lee is taking on the icy challenge of swimming the English Channel Photo: DFB
Picture @DubFireBrigade

A swimmer who rescued a man from the River Liffey has crossed the English Channel and looks to have set a new Irish record.

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Rachel Lee, a Swift-Water Rescue Technician (SRT) - a fire officer who has specialist training - swam out to the man’s aid and tended to him until the Dublin Fire Brigade’s boat arrived on the scene on August 7.

Picture @DubFireBrigade
Picture @DubFireBrigade

On Sunday Dublin Fire Brigade wished Lee good luck as she sets her sights on a new challenge.

“Bit different from her recent Liffey rescue but best of luck to FF/P Rachel Lee swimming the English Channel today,” they said.


Regular updates were posted from the active twitter account throughout Sunday and shortly after 9pm it was confirmed that she had landed in France.

They wrote: "Congrats to our own Rachel Lee who swam the English Channel today and looks to have set a new Irish record time."

The rescue swimmer is a former winner of the Liffey Swim’s female event.

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