Pugh completes seven seas swim

2014-08-30 12:23
(Recent photo of Lewis Pugh swimming off the coast of Turkey).

(Recent photo of Lewis Pugh swimming off the coast of Turkey).

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Johannesburg - Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh is the first person to swim the seven seas of the ancient world.

Pugh has completed his final swim from Southend-on-Sea up to the Thames Barrier in a time of eight hours and 12 minutes.

The seven seas are the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean, Black, Red, Arabian and North.

"I've experienced some things I will never forget," he said in a statement.

"And seen some things I wish I could erase from my memory, but which will haunt me for the rest of my days."

Pugh is an ocean activist and the United Nation's environment programme's patron of the oceans.

Pugh said he wished he could forget what he saw on the sea floor when he swam the Aegean. It was covered with litter such as tyres, plastic bags, bottles, cans, shoes and clothes.

In the Arabian Sea, Pugh said he saw vast shoals of turtles, which was spectacular. However many other fish species meant to be there were nowhere to be seen.

Foresight

"I never saw any fish bigger than the size of my hand in any of the seven seas. The larger ones had all been fished," he said.

The Black Sea was full of jellyfish, which he said was not a good thing because they did not belong there and wrought havoc on an already imbalanced ecosystem.

Pugh said not during any of his swims, which started on 9 August, did he see one shark.

Pugh said there was a reason the swim ended in the North Sea at the Thames Barrier.

"It's a highly symbolic example of foresight and visionary design. When it was commissioned 30 years ago, its engineers had no idea how crucial it would be."

The engineers thought it would be used two or three times a year, but last winter it was used 48 times, he said.



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