Nearly two weeks ago, swimming legend and “human polar bear” South African-Briton Lewis Pugh, as the UN Patron of the Oceans, participated in the largest beach clean-up in history at Versova Beach in Mumbai, India.
Pugh is an ocean advocate, maritime lawyer and pioneer swimmer.
He has been described as the Sir Edmund Hillary of swimming and was the first person to complete a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world. He frequently swims in vulnerable ecosystems to draw attention to their plight.
He is known for undertaking the first swim across the North Pole in 2007 to highlight the melting of the Arctic sea ice. In 2010 he swam across a glacial lake on Mount Everest to draw attention to the melting of the glaciers in the Himalayas, and the impact the reduced water supply will have on world peace. In 2014 he became the first person to complete a long-distance swim in all the Seven Seas in his campaign to urge surrounding nations to create more Marine Protected Areas.
He undertakes all of his swims, even those in the Polar Regions, according to Channel Swimming Rules – ie, in just a Speedo costume, cap and goggles. In 2013 he was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.
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