Monday 29 December 2014

Exhausted Davina plucked from a lake after plea for divine intervention

Anthony Barnes

Published 11/02/2014 | 00:44

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

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.

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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