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Lewis Pugh turns into first particular person to swim below Antarctic ice sheet | Local weather Information

Endurance swimmer and climate activist Lewis Pugh has become the first person to swim under an Antarctic ice sheet.

He swam for 10 minutes and 17 seconds in the river under the melting ice sheet – in just trunks, cap and goggles.

Pugh took on the feat to raise awareness of climate change at the Earth’s poles.

Lewis Pugh became the first person to swim under an Antarctic ice sheet - wearing just a pair of trunks, cap and googles.
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Pugh was in the freezing water for over 10 minutes
Lewis Pugh as he successfully became the first person to swim under an Antarctic ice sheet - wearing just a pair of trunks, cap and googles.
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The climate activist says he hopes his feat will help speed up the creation of marine protected areas

He called it the “most frightening swim of my life” as he faced severe wind chill at the East Antarctica ice sheet – which holds the record for the lowest temperate ever recorded.

“Mid-way I heard an almighty boom above me, and thought my time had come. Luckily, it was just the ice shifting,” tweeted Pugh.

A survey recently found more than 65,000 supraglacial lakes had appeared in the East Antarctica ice sheet in the last three years.

Antarctica also lost the same amount of ice between 2014 and 2017 as in the previous three decades.

Pugh completed a 330-mile swim along England’s coast coast in conjunction with Sky in 2018, but said his latest challenge was “the culmination of 33 years of training”.

The 50-year-old hopes his efforts could help the creation of a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) to ease pressure on wildlife and counter the impacts of climate change.

“I swam here today as we are in a climate emergency. We need immediate action from all nations to protect our planet,” he said.

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“I hope that my swim underneath the Antarctic ice sheet will ignite international leaders and lead to the introduction of the marine protected areas this region so critically needs.

Lewis Pugh (right), alongside Slav Fetisov, as he successfully became the first person to swim under an Antarctic ice sheet
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Pugh said the challenge was ‘the culmination of 33 years of training’

“Wherever I looked there were large rivers of water carving their way through the ice sheet. I have no doubt whatsoever that we are now facing a climate emergency.

“We do not have 50 years or 20 years or even 10 years to solve this crisis. We have run out of time. The time for action is now.”


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