Swimmers Dawn Johnson (from left)

Swimmers Dawn Johnson (from left)

Swimmers complete awareness relay in five hours

Seven swimmers unite to raise awareness of water safety

They started out individually, but finished together.

A total of seven swimmers – one five months pregnant – entered Kal Lake Thursday for the first Awareness Swim, hoping to bring awareness of water safety to the area’s waterways.

More than five hours later, they finished their swim.

The first swimmer, Chris Spooner, entered the lake at 6 a.m.

His wife, Mel, was the last of the relay, which was helped by seven support volunteers, and it was Mel Spooner who had the entire team of swimmers jump in the lake to finish the relay.

“The weather improved as the day unfolded and spirits of all participants were upbeat and positive,” said relay participant Tim Johnson, whose wife, Dawn, along with Kara Williamson and Gary Hurry rounded out the swimmers.

The relay was 17 kilometres long and the quintet finished in five hours and 19 minutes.

“All in all, the event went very well,” said Johnson.

Next year’s awareness swim is set for Thursday, July 31, and organizers believe it will be a multi-team event to continue raising water safety awareness for North Okanagan rivers and lakes.