A FORMER Royal Navy diver put his water skills and endurance to the test when he took the plunge to raise cash for charity.
Deep sea diver George Jewitt – known as the Geordie Diver – is one of the newest recruits of South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade.
Last week, the 38-year-old embarked on a gruelling four-way 30-mile fundraising event in aid of the life brigade and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Putting his water skills to the test, George swam from the South Pier in South Shields to Sunderland.
He then ran back to the brigade’s watch house in South Shields before returning to Sunderland by canoe on a seven-and-a-half-mile paddle and finally cycling back to South Shields.
He was accompanied by members of the brigade who kept watch in case he ran into difficulty.
During his marathon swim effort, extreme cold forced him to leave the water earlier at Whitburn than planned after five and a half miles.
But undeterred after a short rest, he changed into his running kit and ran back to the South Pier where, after another quick breather and a change into another wet suit, he took to the water again in his canoe.
Mr Jewitt, from Berkeley Street, South Shields, said: “After the swim and run I was glad to give my legs a rest as I canoed back to Sunderland and made good time.
“The final bike ride back home was quite pleasant but I was really tired after nearly ten hours of extreme effort.” His efforts have raised about £750 between the two charities.
Tom Fennelly, honorary secretary of South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade, said: “George is one of our newer members and, given the nature of his job, it means that he cannot always be here to support our various fundraising events, so it was extremely thoughtful of him to undertake this one-man challenging effort on behalf of the two charities.”