Magazine article Geographical

Sink or Swim

Magazine article Geographical

Sink or Swim

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On 25 February 2015, Lewis Pugh stripped down to his trademark Speedos in a small Zodiac dingy in the Southern Antarctic ocean. The wind chill that day at the Ross Sea was -37[degrees]C and the salt water temperature was -1[degrees]. Diving overboard, he began the most southerly swim ever attempted by a human being.

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During the next five minutes, the cells in Pugh's fingers began to freeze and burst, causing massive swelling. Lifting his arm out of the water was actually worse than the 'burning agony' experienced when they were submerged. When he was dragged onto the Zodiac half-alive, however, he knew that this time he had done enough.

Ripples had been sent out across oceans. Waves would soon be arriving on foreign shores.

Pugh has completed several 'symbolic swims' around the world, to increasing media attention and global interest. As well as being crowned Adventurer of the Year by media outlets, the Plymouth-born Englishman also became the UN Environment Patron of the Oceans. …

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