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Three hardy Lewis men are set to swim 21 miles from the Flannan Isles to Uig In Lewis this summer in aid of the RNLI.


Charity open-water swimmers Colin S Macleod, Ed Smith, and Stuart Baird are busy preparing for The Flannan Isles Mystery Swim -  three swimmers representing the three lighthouse keepers who vanished from the rocky outpost in December 1900.


They will swim in relay formation, in 45 minute legs, from the Flannan island of Eilean Mòr to Uig.


Team captain, Colin Macleod, said: “The thing about swimming in the ocean is that you don’t know what’s out there.


“We’re happy to put our lives on the line to raise money for the RNLI as they do it all the time.


“The RNLI are made up of volunteers who daily put their lives at risk to rescue others. And living on an island, you really do appreciate the work that these men and women do.”

Flannan Isles charity swim

9 May 2017

They will be supported by three kayakers to guide them along during the swim.


Support boat will be MV Cuma from Island Cruising, skippered by Murdo ‘Murdanie’ MacDonald of Uig. TalkTalk is sponsoring the swim.