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West Midlands Firefighter goes missing during channel charity swim

The West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) announce that Crew Manager Iain Hughes, a highly-respected and much-loved colleague, is missing following his inspiring attempt to swim the English Channel for charity. The news has left the entire community heartbroken and concerned for his well-being.

Iain, stationed at Wednesbury fire station with the Technical Rescue Unit, embarked on his ambitious charity swim on the morning of June 20, accompanied by a support boat to ensure his safety. Sadly, yesterday evening it was discovered that Iain had been missing for several hours, prompting an intensive search and rescue operation.

Despite the combined efforts of French and Belgian military helicopters, navy vessels, and police patrol boats, Iain’s whereabouts remain unknown. French authorities have regrettably confirmed that the search has now concluded, adding to the sense of sorrow and loss.

Chief Fire Officer Wayne Brown expressed the deep sadness felt by the entire West Midlands Fire Service community, stating, “Iain’s disappearance is unspeakably sad. We are providing Iain’s family with all the support we can during this distressing time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all those close to Iain. He was a highly-respected and much-loved colleague and friend to many.”

Iain, who would have celebrated his 43rd birthday next month, dedicated nearly two years to training for his remarkable endeavor, aiming to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity, the British Heart Foundation, and the Midlands Air Ambulance.

Married and the father of two children, Iain joined the West Midlands Fire Service in 1999 when he was just 19 years old. He served at various stations throughout his career, including Bournbrook, Billesley, Tipton, Wolverhampton, Tettenhall, Bilston, Brierley Hill, and Stourbridge. In 2016, he earned the rank of Crew Manager, and in 2022, he became a valued member of the Technical Rescue Unit.

During this profoundly challenging time, the West Midlands Fire Service kindly requests that the privacy of Iain and his family be respected.

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