Swimmers brave dangerous tides to collect rock from Uri Geller island
A group of adventurers have swum to an uninhabited Scottish island to collect a rock for celebrity magician Uri Geller.
The Salty Selkies swam 2km to Lamb Island, in the Firth of Forth, which is owned by the self-proclaimed psychic.
Geller had asked the swimmers to bring back a small piece of the island to put in his museum in Jaffa, Israel.
The group of six women and one man, aged between 35 and 72, spent months training and planning the challenge.
Geller bought the island in 2009, describing it as “a very special place – possibly the most mystical island in the world”.
Boats cannot moor there, and the tides and currents in the area made it a dangerous expedition for the swimmers.
Meg Maitland – who found the rock – said: “We had to be very careful because the way the tides run we could get swept along the coast.
“The Firth of Forth is like a funnel, it drains very fast. We had to make sure there were near perfect conditions and that it was low tide.
“The island is in two parts and there is only a very tiny bit of beach.”
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