Swimmers set record in icy waters

2010-07-17 16:03

Six swimmers successfully completed a record-setting mile and 19 others swam 600m in an icy dam near bone-chilling Sutherland, Northern Cape, to raise R10 000 to start a school.

Organiser Craig Doonan said the swimmers completed the first ever Speedo Ice Swim Africa.

The mile swimmers included world record-holders Ram Barkai and Theodore Yach.

The champs described the swim as among the coldest and toughest they had ever undertaken, he said.

“It was very, very cold but we all did it and we feel honoured to be able to have been able to do something for this rural community,” said Barkai.

“For me it was beyond the outer limits of my ability,” said Yach, who was sponsored to swim by Marcus Rohrer Spirulina.

“I am glad I have done it, but wild horses are going to be needed to drag me to anything close to this again. This redefines extreme.”

The other mile swimmers included Ryan Stramrood, Kieron Palframan, Toks Viviers and Andrew Chin who all staggered out of the water after swimming for about 30 minutes in a life-threatening water temperature of ­ 4ºC.

Nineteen other swimmers completed 600m as locals looked on incredulously.

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