Sink Or Swim: Fans are heartbroken as the relay is abandoned... after James Argent began his lap with hilarious gaffe by swimming the WRONG WAY

Sink Or Swim fans struggled to hide their heartbreak on Tuesday night, as the long-awaited Channel relay was called off.

Viewers took to Twitter to praise the eight celebrities who faced their fear of water, after it was announced that just five miles from France, dangerous water meant the relay would be abandoned.

It came after TOWIE star James Argent made a hilarious blunder during his lap of the race, as he jumped into the water and swam in the wrong direction back to Dover.

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Sad news: Sink Or Swim fans struggled to hide their heartbreak on Tuesday night, as the long-awaited Channel relay was called off

Sad news: Sink Or Swim fans struggled to hide their heartbreak on Tuesday night, as the long-awaited Channel relay was called off

As the water became increasingly choppy, narrator Davina McCall confirmed to views that the relay was abandoned, and actress Rachel Adedeji was helped out of the Channel and onto the boat.

With France in sight, the outcome was devastating for the celebrities, with Greg Rutherford and Alex Brooker finding the news hardest to bear.

Alex said: 'At the moment I get it but all that training, all that effort, all those times you wanted to get out? And for what? It's b******t I can't believe it.'

Sad news: Despite weeks of training the relay race was forced to be abandoned due to dangerous water conditions, with just five miles to go

Sad news: Despite weeks of training the relay race was forced to be abandoned due to dangerous water conditions, with just five miles to go

Upset: Several of the stars struggled to hide their heartbreak, including Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford

Upset: Several of the stars struggled to hide their heartbreak, including Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford

Ever the optimist Arg said: 'We've worked so so so hard these last twelve weeks, it feels like we've let people down but it's not our fault it's out of our hands.'

Coach Ross Edgley also praised the celebrities for their commitment to the challenge, given that 12 weeks earlier most of them didn't even know how to swim.

He added: 'It's a huge win you won't feel like it but it is it really is.'

Sad: Rachel Adedeji - who was pulled from the water when the race was called off - admitted the choppy waves were 'no joke'

Sad: Rachel Adedeji - who was pulled from the water when the race was called off - admitted the choppy waves were 'no joke'

Devastated: Having completed his lap, Alex Brooker admitted weeks of hard work still came to nothing, branding the outcome 'b******t'

Devastated: Having completed his lap, Alex Brooker admitted weeks of hard work still came to nothing, branding the outcome 'b******t'

Viewers seemed to agree as they rushed to social media to praise the celebrities for taking part and helping to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.

'Well done all! You stood up to cancer and b****y big waves !!' one viewer posted.

'Amazing. You all did so well, how inspirational!' another tweeted.

A third also posted: 'Hats off to this amazing team! You were outstanding and conquered an army of demons out there! Stand proud with your heads held high!' 

Well done! Viewers rushed to social media to praise the nine celebrities who made it to final relay, with many noting they had helped to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer

Well done! Viewers rushed to social media to praise the nine celebrities who made it to final relay, with many noting they had helped to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer

One viewer also posted: 'The best thing on TV in a long time. What a team... first class.'

Another also shared: 'Well done to all the celebs #SinkorSwim you did ourselves proud,' while one viewer also wrote: 'U all did it self proud so sorry you could not finished but what a programme loved every minute of it well done to u all.'

An emotional viewer also wrote: 'You were all amazing. I don't know you, but I'm so proud of you all for all your hard work and determination. Thank you so much for fighting for those we love (and those lost already through cancer).'

Hilarious: The relay wasn't without its blunders, as Arg confidently plunged into the water... and started to swim in the wrong direction

Hilarious: The relay wasn't without its blunders, as Arg confidently plunged into the water... and started to swim in the wrong direction

Worn out: The TOWIE star took over from Coronation Street actress Sair Khan, who was equally tired as she emerged from the water

Worn out: The TOWIE star took over from Coronation Street actress Sair Khan, who was equally tired as she emerged from the water

Despite the long-awaited race coming to a surprise conclusion, the first few laps did not go off without a hitch thanks a hilarious blunder by James Argent.

The former TOWIE star was full of confidence as he plunged into the water to begin his leg of the relay, only for Ross to scream that he was swimming in the wrong direction back to Dover.

Eventually Arg was able to change direction and was bound for France, and did complete his stint of the race before it was called off.

Close call: Luckily Arg managed to change direction and head for France, and did complete his leg before the race was called off

Close call: Luckily Arg managed to change direction and head for France, and did complete his leg before the race was called off

Sink Or Swim: Fans are heartbroken as the relay is abandoned

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