• Kade Godwin

First person completes swimming the entire length of the English Channel

48-year-old British athlete Lewis Pugh became the first person to successfully swim the entire length of the English Channel on the morning of Aug. 29, 2018.

Pugh began the swim from Cornwall, England on July 12, 2018, and reached Dover, England on Aug. 29, 2018, a total of 49 days. According to BBC news, it is estimated that he swam six to 12 miles and took anywhere from 500,000 to 750,000 strokes per day.

Pugh was overjoyed at his success despite much adversity he faced along the way. He stated in an interview, "It's been very, very long, we've been going for 49 days and I'm exhausted, physically exhausted, mentally exhausted, so delighted to be here."

He was told he had acquired tendonitis just 10 days before the reaching the end and was advised to rest by his physiotherapist. However, he continued on, ignoring the injury, and completed the swim.

It wasn't just physical setbacks Pugh had to overcome, though. He had to battle mother nature as well. The first half of the swim was pleasant, with warm currents and calm waters, but toward the end, the seas had become rough, and storms rained down upon him.

He was greeted at Shakespeare Beach by cheering fans along with Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who described him as a "modern day hero" and a "brilliant champion for marine conservation zones," after touching the Dover harbor wall.

The Channel swim's aim is to raise awareness about ocean pollution, rising water temperatures due to climate change, as well as pollution and over-fishing. It would seem as if Lewis Pugh has done his fair share in helping protect our environment by raising awareness.