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Taking the plunge for the environment

May 23, 2010 — Endurance swimmer Lewis Gordon Pugh is risking it all for the environment. The professional athlete is trying to bring attention to melting glaciers. So how does he plan on doing this? Watch the video to the left to find out.

When most people are interested in campaigning for a cause they sign petitions, but not Lewis Gordon Pugh.

He became the first ever person to complete a long distance swim in Pumori Lake, under the summit of Mount Everest. And he did it all in the name of the environment.

His goal was to bring attention to the melting glaciers in the Himalayas and the declining water supplies in the region. So he braved 2 degree waters with just a Speedo, cap and goggles.

Pugh's one kilometre swim in the freezing cold lake took 22 minutes and 51 seconds. He was monitored by a safety team as he swam the long distance.

Pugh's doctor, Sean Gottschalk explains the athelete's complete devotion to the cause, “Most people would be dead after 20 minutes...not only does he train in cold while while swimming, he's also trained in ice cold pools where they have dumped huge buckets of ice on top of him.'”

This isn't the first time Lewis has been inspired to swim in arctic-freezing waters. In July 2007, he was the first person ever to freestyle across the North Pole to draw attention to melting sea ice. It remains the coldest water a human has ever swam in, at minus 1.7 degrees.

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