A CWMBRAN man who almost drowned in the River Severn after a jetski accident is giving something back to his rescuers - by cycling the length of Britain.

Nicolas Barne (pictured), 32, of Llantarnam, Cwmbran, set out for a day's jetskiing on March 17 last year, but after only moments in the water he was knocked off his machine by a freak wave.

He spent almost 30 minutes in the freezing water before a team from the Severn Area Rescue Association managed to pull him out.

And now Nicholas is planning to pay them back for saving his life with an 870-mile charity bike ride for SARA this autumn.

Mr Barne said: "There were three men in the boat, and the third one was the one who saved my life.

"I didn't even say 'thank you', but I looked him in the eye and I promised myself I would do something. I'm going to need a support team, a nutritionist, and a physiotherapist to help me work out my plan.

"I'm hoping to cover about 60 or 70 miles every day.

"I'll be cycling the length of the country, from John O'Groats to Lands End, and I think I'll do it in about a week."