Wounded soldier joins sub aqua club record attempt

Paul Swales, Heath Samples, and  Will Warwick  in the harbour at Scarborough as they prepare for their Cross channel sea Scooter record attempt. Picture by Tony Bartholomew
Paul Swales, Heath Samples, and Will Warwick in the harbour at Scarborough as they prepare for their Cross channel sea Scooter record attempt. Picture by Tony Bartholomew

A SOLDIER who broke his back in an Afghanistan bomb explosion will be joining a world record attempt which has been organised by Scarborough Sub Aqua Club.

The attempt has been organised by dive leader Heath Samples and when participants will attempt to cross the surface of the English Channel using sea scooters on Saturday.

©Tony Bartholomew 07802 400651 /  mail@bartpics.co.uk''Picture provided to Ceidiog Communication for the British Sub Aqua Club for use in press and publicity.''From left in the water..Paul Swales, Will Warwick and Heath Samples  along with their support boat as they train in the waters off Scarborough for their Cross channel sea Scooter record attempt.

©Tony Bartholomew 07802 400651 / mail@bartpics.co.uk''Picture provided to Ceidiog Communication for the British Sub Aqua Club for use in press and publicity.''From left in the water..Paul Swales, Will Warwick and Heath Samples along with their support boat as they train in the waters off Scarborough for their Cross channel sea Scooter record attempt.

Peter Brooks, a 27-year-old member of the Royal Engineers, has just completed almost two years of rehabilitation and will join the four-man team for the gruelling 10-hour crossing of one of the world’s busiest and dangerous waterways.

His convoy vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device and he suffered a broken back – but his driver suffered more serious injuries and had to have a leg amputated as a result.

He has since regained his fitness and rejoined 101 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) in Essex and read about the record attempt in a dive magazine.

“I had done a Help for Heroes bike ride in the New Forest in May, cycling 68 miles and raising over £500. The driver who was injured with me and has a prosthetic leg, also did the ride and completed 45 miles,” he said.

©Tony Bartholomew 07802 400651 /  mail@bartpics.co.uk''Picture provided to Ceidiog Communication for the British Sub Aqua Club for use in press and publicity.''Paul Swales,Heath Samples, and Will Warwick  in the harbour at Scarborough as they prepare for their Cross channel Sea Scooter record attempt.

©Tony Bartholomew 07802 400651 / mail@bartpics.co.uk''Picture provided to Ceidiog Communication for the British Sub Aqua Club for use in press and publicity.''Paul Swales,Heath Samples, and Will Warwick in the harbour at Scarborough as they prepare for their Cross channel Sea Scooter record attempt.

“I read about this Channel Challenge in The Diver magazine and as it was raising money for Help for Heroes I asked to go along to help with the kit change-over and as safety back-up.

“I trained as a PADI Open Water Diver in 2005 during adventure training with the Army and have gained further qualifications progressing to PADI Res cue Diver, and more recently Enriched Air Nitrox. Heath was very careful to check my diver qualifications before agreeing I could go.”

Paul Swales and Will Warwick are the other two team members and are both firefighters who are based at Scarborough Fire Station.

As well as Help for Heroes the team is also raising money for RNLI Scarborough and plan to cross almost 20 miles of channel in relays clinging to one of four torpedo shaped sea scooters at speeds of up to three knots.

The “Four Muscooteers” will leave Shakespeare Beach at Dover about an hour after high tide and they will head towards Cap Gris-Nez in northern France – the closest point of France to England.