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Meet the Speedo-Donning English Lawyer Who’s Swimming the Antarctic to Save Our Ocean

Source: The Telegraph/Annabel Fenwick Elliott - November 9, 2017 in Adventure

Meet the Speedo-Donning English Lawyer Who’s Swimming the Antarctic to Save Our Ocean
Photo: Lewis Pugh/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The 37-year-old British lawyer Lewis Pugh will dive into the Antarctic Ocean today clad in nothing but his Speedos, and front-crawl his way across a cove in what will be his most dangerous stunt yet.

Is the man mad? No, he’s on a noble mission. Pugh – the only person to complete a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world – has been ploughing his way through freezing seas for 30 years now, all in a bid to protect and conserve them.

His one kilometre (0.6 mile) swim will take him across King Edward Cove in South Georgia, past the Grytviken Whaling Station and the gravesite where explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton was laid to rest.

Pugh, a maritime lawyer, spoke to Telegraph Travel from Antarctica about how he prepares his body to withstand temperatures that would kill an ordinary human, why today’s swim is particularly dangerous, and what all this has to with marine conservation.

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