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I swam across the North Pole - Lewis Pugh

Features | By Lewis Pugh

Lewis Pugh diving at the North Pole

Lewis Pugh, the first person to swim across the North Pole, admires a new Arctic exhibition at the British Museum

When, in 2007, I became the first person to swim across the North Pole, the Arctic water was –1.7°C. Seawater freezes at –1.8°C. No one had ever swum in water that cold before. No wonder that, when I was standing on the edge of the ice in just my Speedo trunks, my swimming cap and goggles, I was scared. With my extreme swims, I go through five stages: fear, regret, pain, desperation and relief. ...


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