Chilean athlete Barbara Hernandez became the first to swim 2.49 kilometers in Antarctic waters. About it informs United Press International.
The 37-year-old woman swam in icy 2.2 degree Celsius water in a regular swimsuit. She admitted that the purpose of her swim was to raise the issue of protecting Antarctic waters.
“Swimming in Antarctica has been a dream of mine for many years and part of my long-term goal to swim in all seven parts of the world’s oceans. Physically, it was incredibly difficult, but worth it if the understanding of the need to protect these waters reaches the decision makers,” — stressed the Chilean.
And before that, Hernandez made the fastest nautical mile swim through the Drake Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.