An athlete hailing from Britain amazed the world as he swam in the freezing water of Antarctic. What makes the task even more difficult is the fact that he swam under an ice sheet, with no way to get out (other than an exit point) if he wanted to.
Lewis Pugh navigated through the water in swimming trunks, a cap, and goggles for 10 minutes.
The purpose of the stunt was, however, not to create a record (which he did) but rather to raise awareness about climate change.
He shared the story on the Twitter account and wrote “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. Please share”.
While detailing his experience, he wrote it was a “beautiful and terrifying swim”. He pressed on an incident when he noticed the water of the lake suddenly emptying through a crack. It would have meant water reaching the sea with Pugh in it.
However, later he explained it was just the ice shifting.
Moreover, the 50-year-old doesn’t want to stop here. Next, he wants to swim across an entire supra-glacial lake, reports Independent.