A 50-year-old endurance swimmer from England became the first person to swim beneath an ice sheet in Antarctica on Monday to raise awareness about climate change.
Lewis Pugh from Plymouth swam in the Antarctic river beneath the largest glacier on the planet wearing nothing but swimming trunks, a cap and goggles. With the water temperature thought to be only just a few degrees above zero, Pugh completed the swim in about eight minutes.
“I swam here in East Antarctica to bring you this message: Having witnessed the rapid melting in this region, I have no doubt that we are now facing a climate emergency. At #COP26, world leaders need to step up or step aside. Time is running out,” he in a tweet.
I swam here in East Antarctica to bring you this message:
Having witnessed the rapid melting in this region, I have no doubt that we are now facing a climate emergency.
At #COP26, world leaders need to step up or step aside. Time is running out.
— Lewis Pugh (@LewisPugh) January 24, 2020
Pugh, who claims to be the first person to complete a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world, told BBC that it was the most “frightening swim” of his life. The swimmer risked being pulled through a crack in the ice sheet due to the “unstable” nature of the glaciers.
Here’s how people reacted to the feat:
I am amazed by your tenacity. You are exceptional Lewis!!
— Marcia Nompumelelo Davids (@MarciaDavids) January 26, 2020
Congratulations on completing your swim!
— Huw Peach #FBPE #ClimateActionNow (@HuwpHuw) January 24, 2020
Terrifying and brilliant in equal measure. Congratulations @LewisPugh
— Dr Stacey Holloway (@staceholloway) January 24, 2020
Congratulations Lewis for bringing your epic bravery to advocate for nature. We’re so grateful!
— lisa rolls (@lisarolls1) January 27, 2020
i would say You are a Global Warrior🛡🌏. Be strong
— Sajid Fairooz (@sajid_fairooz) January 26, 2020
Glad everyone keeping you safe!
— Lauren Jones (@LaurenEBarrie) January 24, 2020
Inspirational stuff. 💪🏊🏻♂️
— John Mckenna (@JohnMck1969) January 24, 2020
#InSafeHands what a team, literally!
— Terri Portmann (@Giveitago1) January 24, 2020
Thank you for all the at you do – we are moved and inspired! Please praying you are OK, Slava’s face there is frightening 🙏🙏
— Louise Whitworth (@CosThisIsAfrica) January 24, 2020
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