British PM in early morning swim before summit debut

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British Prime Minister David Cameron had a bracing start to the day Friday, taking an early morning dip in a lake ahead of his debut on the international stage at a Group of 8 summit.

Cameron braved the early morning drizzle and mist to take to the water at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, north of Toronto -- and joked it was probably his safest-ever swim due to heavy security for the summit.

"I have been for a jog and a swim, it's not a bad start to the day," he told Canadian broadcaster CBC.

"I think it's the safest swim I'm ever going to go for... there were about two police ribs and I don't know if there were actually frogmen under the water, but I wouldn't have been surprised."

Cameron, who took power in Britain last month as head of a coalition government, could have gone swimming in one of the resort's three outdoor pools but instead chose the lake, braving the mosquitos which dog the area at this time of year.

He is known for his regular early morning jogs, but swimming is a rarer occurrence.

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