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Brendon Prince: Paddleboarder completes round-trip of mainland Britain Brendon Prince: Paddleboarder completes round-trip of mainland Britain
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Brandon Prince arrived back in Torquay on Tuesday after 141 days circumnavigating Britain on his paddleboard Brendon Prince: 'What an adventure'
A sea safety campaigner has become the first person to circumnavigate mainland Britain on a paddleboard.A sea safety campaigner has become the first person to circumnavigate mainland Britain on a paddleboard.
Brendon Prince, 48, set off from Torquay, Devon, on 27 April and arrived back in his hometown on Tuesday.Brendon Prince, 48, set off from Torquay, Devon, on 27 April and arrived back in his hometown on Tuesday.
A flotilla of fellow paddleboarders escorted Mr Prince to shore after he completed the 2,500 mile (4,203km) challenge in 141 days.A flotilla of fellow paddleboarders escorted Mr Prince to shore after he completed the 2,500 mile (4,203km) challenge in 141 days.
The father-of-three said: "The only time I've felt like this was Christmas Day when I was about eight."The father-of-three said: "The only time I've felt like this was Christmas Day when I was about eight."
Mr Prince said he had been called "crazy quite a few times a day" for taking on the challenge.Mr Prince said he had been called "crazy quite a few times a day" for taking on the challenge.
There were emotional scenes in Torbay as Mr Prince was welcomed home by his family and hundreds of well-wishersThere were emotional scenes in Torbay as Mr Prince was welcomed home by his family and hundreds of well-wishers
He said: "I think you have to have a massive motivation, and, for me, it's all about water safety."He said: "I think you have to have a massive motivation, and, for me, it's all about water safety."
Mr Prince was an off-duty lifeguard at Mawgan Porth beach in north Cornwall in October 2014 when three people drowned.Mr Prince was an off-duty lifeguard at Mawgan Porth beach in north Cornwall in October 2014 when three people drowned.
He pulled two people from the water but was unable to save their lives.He pulled two people from the water but was unable to save their lives.
Seeing the impact of the deaths on the victims' families drove Mr Prince to set up the Above Water charity, which teaches children about water safety.Seeing the impact of the deaths on the victims' families drove Mr Prince to set up the Above Water charity, which teaches children about water safety.
He said he wanted water safety to be taught to children annually in schools.He said he wanted water safety to be taught to children annually in schools.
Brendon Prince, seen here before he set off, said he wanted water safety to be taught to children annually in schoolsBrendon Prince, seen here before he set off, said he wanted water safety to be taught to children annually in schools
He said the incident was also the motivation behind the challenge.He said the incident was also the motivation behind the challenge.
"When you are getting up at 05:00 in the morning to put on soaking wet kit and paddle when no-one will see you for days, it's that motivation there, so I channel it and use it," he said."When you are getting up at 05:00 in the morning to put on soaking wet kit and paddle when no-one will see you for days, it's that motivation there, so I channel it and use it," he said.
He said he was hoping to do good "for the sake of those families and many others that will hopefully never have to experience that".He said he was hoping to do good "for the sake of those families and many others that will hopefully never have to experience that".
Mr Prince also said the experience of his trek had changed the way he looked at life.Mr Prince also said the experience of his trek had changed the way he looked at life.
Setting off from Cornwall: The 05:00 starts in wet gear and wet weather were part of the paddleSetting off from Cornwall: The 05:00 starts in wet gear and wet weather were part of the paddle
He said the trip had included the highs of getting through difficult situations, seeing amazing wildlife and meeting people.He said the trip had included the highs of getting through difficult situations, seeing amazing wildlife and meeting people.
There had also been lows, including the first day when a two-hour paddle to Dartmouth took eight hours, he said, adding that he fell off 14 times.There had also been lows, including the first day when a two-hour paddle to Dartmouth took eight hours, he said, adding that he fell off 14 times.
"I am a changed person," he said."I am a changed person," he said.
"What a privilege to have paddled for 141 days, and do what I have done, and make a difference.""What a privilege to have paddled for 141 days, and do what I have done, and make a difference."
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