Lewis Pugh feat: eco-activist sailed in Antarctic waters to save the planet
Lewis Pugh is a British swimmer, eco-activist and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador who is famous for his extreme swims. He became the first person to swim long distances in each of the world's five oceans. By his actions, he is trying to draw the attention of the public and politicians to the problems of marine resources and climate. In 2014, as part of the Seven Seas Project, he completed marathon swims in the Aegean, Red, Black, Mediterranean, Arabian, Adriatic and North Seas. And on January 24, 2020, Lewis sailed in East Antarctica along a river that was formed due to melting glaciers.
Ten minutes in the ice: how did Lewis Pugh swim in the waters of Antarctica?
The athlete intentionally refused from any means of protection. He was only in swimming trunks, glasses and a hat, swam unaccompanied, completely alone in the ice of Antarctica. In addition, he had no way to go back if something happened. Pugh noted that due to global warming, the water temperature was only 0 degrees Celsius, and during the swim he saw melt water everywhere.
В East Antarctica was set at a record low temperature on Earth, and the eco-activist said that this swim was the most terrible of his life, but at the same time the most beautiful.
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At a press conference in Moscow, the swimmer said that in that short time in the water he managed to experience a strong fear.
From fright, the Briton began to swim so fast that, according to his feelings, he could set a new world record at 200 meters.
Despite all the unforeseen incidents, Lewis admired nature throughout the test. According to him, the river in Antarctica was the most beautiful place on Earth that he has ever visited.
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How will swimming in Antarctica help the environment?
Lewis Pugh has called for a network of protected marine areas in the Southern Ocean around the continent and for the United Nations Climate Change Conference to take urgent action to combat global warming. The athlete unambiguously drew public attention to a significant issue.
The swims of the British eco-activist have already helped save 2.2 square kilometers of ocean, including the Ross Sea.