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PICTURES: Polish man swims length of Loch Ness in epic charity appeal


By Alan Shields

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Piotr Biankowski swimming in the dark waters of Loch Ness. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Piotr Biankowski swimming in the dark waters of Loch Ness. Picture: James Mackenzie.

A POLISH man has completed a monster charity swim of the length of Loch Ness to become the first known of his countrymen to do so.

Extreme swimmer Piotr Biankowski (47) took 12 hours and 16 minutes to do the 23-mile challenge for the parents of sick children in hospital back in his home of Gdynia.

Piotr completed the epic swim to raise money for the Ronald McDonald Foundation in order to get a number of beds for the parents of children stuck in hospital back in Poland.

He braved waters of just 13 degrees for more than half a day in order to help those watching over their young ones in both his hometown and neighbouring Wejherowo.

Piotr Biankowski and the support boat out on Loch Ness. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Piotr Biankowski and the support boat out on Loch Ness. Picture: James Mackenzie.

The money raised will be used to buy comfortable beds that can be used as chairs during the day by parents waiting for their children to get better.

Piotr has form for braving the chill as he is one of the organisers of the Gdynia Winter Swimming Cup competition.

Piotr Biankowski climbing into the car to warm up. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Piotr Biankowski climbing into the car to warm up. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Piotr said: “Loch Ness set the bar high for me; there was a long waiting time for the favourable weather ‘window’, cold water, strong wind and low air temperature. For sure it was different. I gained a new experience and had an incredibly warm welcome by the fans on the shore. Scotland, thank you. My dream has come true here.”

Donations can be made online.

Piotr Biankowski and the support boat out on Loch Ness. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Piotr Biankowski and the support boat out on Loch Ness. Picture: James Mackenzie.

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