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Swimming at the foot of Everest

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If at the end of May the first Mediterranean beachers do not dare to set foot in the water, Lewis Gordon has dared to take a good dip in Lake Pumori at 5,300 meters.

The Briton has swum a total of one kilometer crossing one of the neighboring glaciers to the Everest mountain.

This madness is justified by a noble motive. The mission is to make the world aware of the impact of global warming. With this action, he intends to open his eyes to the world about the melting of glaciers that affect this region of the Himalayas where the highest mountains in the world are concentrated. It is not just a landscape issue. Himalayan glaciers give water to some two billion people in the Asian continent and their melting can have serious human consequences.

The water temperature was 2 degrees above zero. In any case, the most complicated part of this feat is to overcome the dangers of altitude sickness. He had to swim very slowly since the swimmer often felt the lack of oxygen in his lungs.

It is not about Lewis's first feat in frozen waters. They call him the polar bear man and previously he had already swum in Antarctica crossing the north pole to also warn about the thaw that occurs in the area. Are they going to listen to him?

More information | BBC

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