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Police raced to the Dover coast amid reports of an illegal immigrant landing in Britain - only to find a triathlete on a record attempt to swim the Channel.
John Van Wisse, 41, had already run 86 miles from London to Dover the previous day and was all set for the second leg of the gruelling 280-mile marathon from London to Paris.
He was standing on the beach waiting to set off on the 21-mile swim to Calais when he was confronted by police, border force officials and the coastguard.
"It was hilarious and the police saw the funny side" - eyewitness
"We were only there around 15 minutes before the police turned up. They were walking up and down the beach thinking it was an illegal immigrant.
"It was hilarious and the police saw the funny side."
Kent Police said: "It looks like a couple of people called thinking it was illegal immigrants coming ashore because some people were seen jumping off a boat.
"The Border Force were down there and the Coastguard but it was a Channel swimmer."
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