The finish to Lewis Pugh's Long Swim went a bit Alan Partridge

The finish to Lewis Pugh's Long Swim went a bit Alan Partridge

Earlier today, long-distance swimmer Lewis Pugh completed an epic 348-mile swim from Land's End to Dover all in the support of cleaning up the world's oceans.

The 48-year-old British-South African swimmer completed the remarkable journey in just 49 days, swimming the equivalent of 16 English Channels back to back.

Pugh, who is an environmental campaigner and UN Patron of the Oceans, swam six to 12 miles every single day, which he described as the "Everest of swims".

The public and news teams had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Pugh in Dover but as he approached the shore it all became a bit farcical.

In a moment reminiscent of the "Dan!" scene from I'm Alan Partridge, the Sky News team captured what we can only presume are members of Pugh's team attempting to steer him clear of the shallow water.

Except he can't hear their calls and all you get for around a minute is a couple of people shouting "Lewis!" for about 60 seconds. They even start honking the horn of the boat too.

Eventually, they get his attention, but it was hardly the riveting piece of uplifting television that we imagine Sky would have been hoping for.

Just for reference here is that Alan Patridge scene for your enjoyment.

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