SOUTH AFRICAN SWIMMERS SET NEW WORLD RECORD AT DEAD SEA
As part of a global effort to save the Dead Sea, Madswimmer, a group of ordinary South Africans doing extreme swims to raise funds for South African children’s charities, have set a new world record for doing the lowest swim in history in the Dead Sea at 430 metres below sea level.
Their feat on Tuesday came after they broke Lewis Pugh’s highest swim record last year when they swam in hypothermic conditions at almost 6,000 meters above sea level in the Andes.
An international team of 28 swimmers, 10 swimming under the auspices of Madswimmer, took part in the 16-kilometre event between Israel and Jordan.The group included swimmers from South Africa, Israel, Palestine, Denmark, New Zealand, Spain and England.
An added challenge was the salt content of the water which is 10 times more than that of typical ocean water.
“The salt is a different animal from a swimming point of view, mking the water quite toxic. A lot of guys are chaffing all over you know, the mask leaking constantly (means) having to wash your face in (fresh) water. It is really a tough swim, I can understand now that no one has done this before, never mind the political permissions; it was really a tough swim,” said swimmer Jean Craven.
The aim of the swim was to draw public attention to the depletion of the Dead Sea.
Industrialisation has led to the Dead Sea losing a substantial amount of water every year.
Most swimmers complained of a burning skin after the swim.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.