A team of eight swimmers from different countries finished in Irkutsk today, on Tuesday, July 13, having swum 120 km on Lake Baikal without wetsuits, TASS reports. The swim was carried out in order to draw attention to the ecological problems of Lake Baikal which was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996 and is currently the deepest lake in the world and the largest reservoir of fresh water containing up to 20 per cent of the world’s reserves.
“You swam across Baikal in icy water. The water temperature is 4-5 degrees. You are all from different countries. And most importantly, you did all this in honour of the Year of Baikal, for the purity of Baikal, for the sake of ecology,” one of the organizers of the swim, Natalia Denisenko, said.
The experienced swimmers from Russia, the USA, Italy, France, South Africa, and Morocco became participants in the swim. They started on Monday at 11 am in the village of Vydrino in the Republic of Buryatia and finished 30 hours later on the Yacobi beach of the Irkutsk reservoir. At the distance, the swimmers replaced each other, and all went to the finish line.
Ru-Main, 13.07.2021, Pictures: Irkutsk Regional Website