Ten people swam from Bell Island to Portugal Cove on Thursday, to raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association's Newfoundland and Labrador division.

The annual swim covers a five-kilometre gap known locally as the Tickle, which is normally traversed by ferries. The swimmers were accompanied by kayakers and three safety boats.

The campaign this year has raised $8,000 so far.

Click on the video above to see scenes recorded by the CBC's Cecil Haire.