Two hundred and eighty people took part in this year's Castle to Castle swim today (June 10).

The iconic open water race saw contestants swim a mile across the estuary of the river Fal, starting at Pendennis Castle and finishing at St Mawes Castle.

Swimmers raised money with their £20 entry fees and also through their own fundraising to go towards the RNLI, who organised the event and made sure that everyone stayed safe throughout.

Mark Richardson and his dad Steve swim the race every year. This year's swim is a special one for the pair as Steve is celebrating his return to good health after recovering from a recent hip operation.

Steve said: "I'm a bit nervous, I'm getting a bit old, [Mark's] the fast one!"

Simon Rabett, who is a Deputy Launching Authority at the Falmouth lifeboat station, said: "For the RNLI it's a lot of exposure, it's income generated, and obviously the publicity that's gained from it, and then the people enjoy doing it.

"The challenge, the Castle to Castle, it's iconic isn't it?"

This year's swim marks the tenth anniversary of the Castle to Castle swim, with the first ever event being held in 2008.

Surrounding the swimmers' route were trained lifeguards on paddleboards and kayaks, as well as on motorised crafts just in case anything went wrong.

The event was run largely by volunteers, and there was also an RNLI lifeboat on hand.

The swim is hugely popular amongst locals and visitors alike, and has in the past attracted the likes of Steve McFadden aka Phil Mitchell from Eastenders.

Participants had to be at least 14 years of age and had to be at least intermediate level open water swimmers, and able to swim up to a mile.