Endurance swimmer and local weather activist Lewis Pugh has develop into the primary particular person to swim beneath an Antarctic ice sheet.
He swam for 10 minutes and 17 seconds within the river beneath the melting ice sheet – in simply trunks, cap and goggles.
Pugh took on the feat to boost consciousness of local weather change on the Earth’s poles.
He referred to as it the “most scary swim of my life” as he confronted extreme wind chill on the East Antarctica ice sheet – which holds the document for the bottom temperate ever recorded.
“Mid-way I heard an almighty increase above me, and thought my time had come. Fortunately, it was simply the ice shifting,” tweeted Pugh.
A survey not too long ago discovered greater than 65,000 supraglacial lakes had appeared within the East Antarctica ice sheet within the final three years.
Antarctica additionally misplaced the identical quantity of ice between 2014 and 2017 as within the earlier three many years.
Pugh accomplished a 330-mile swim alongside England’s coast coast along with Sky in 2018, however stated his newest problem was “the end result of 33 years of coaching”.
The 50-year-old hopes his efforts might assist the creation of a community of marine protected areas (MPAs) to ease strain on wildlife and counter the impacts of local weather change.
First sight of the glacial river that I’ll be swimming. It could appear surprising that somebody would be capable of swim in a river that runs beneath the ice sheet, however that’s the purpose. Antarctica is melting. Scientists have found over 65,000 supra-glacial lakes on this area alone. pic.twitter.com/GXvcBZzePX
— Lewis Pugh (@LewisPugh) January 24, 2020
“I swam right here right this moment as we’re in a local weather emergency. We want speedy motion from all nations to guard our planet,” he stated.
“I hope that my swim beneath the Antarctic ice sheet will ignite worldwide leaders and result in the introduction of the marine protected areas this area so critically wants.
“Wherever I appeared there have been massive rivers of water carving their manner via the ice sheet. I’ve little question by any means that we are actually going through a local weather emergency.
“We would not have 50 years or 20 years and even 10 years to resolve this disaster. We now have run out of time. The time for motion is now.”