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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Exhausted Davina plucked from a lake after plea for divine intervention

Anthony Barnes

Published 11/02/2014 | 00:44

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An exhausted Davina McCall is carried from Lake Windermere in the Lake District after tackling a gruelling, chilling 1.5 mile swim
Davina McCall sets off on her BT Sport Relief Challenge
Davina McCall sets off on her BT Sport Relief Challenge

Exhausted Davina McCall had to be carried from Lake Windermere in the Lake District after tackling a gruelling, chilling 1.5 mile swim – then two hours later clambered on a bike to continue her Sport Relief challenge.

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The presenter's body was limp with her head lolling as she was pulled from the lake – which had a temperature of 5C and depth of 56m – after clinging on to her team's kayak.

Organisers of the seven-day challenge assured fans that McCall – who was crying and struggling to breathe during the swim – was in no danger as she made her way across the lake.

The presenter's pain and suffering was etched across her face as she had difficulty managing anything other than a doggy paddle and was unable to put her head in the water.

McCall (46) said afterwards that she even hoped for divine intervention to get her through, admitting: “I got so desperate I looked up to God – if there was anyone up there, I needed their help.”

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