London, 26 June 2018– Endurance swimmer and UN Environment Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh today announced his plans to swim the entire length of the English Channel – his longest distance ever – to draw attention to the urgent need for ocean protection.
He will be the first person to ever attempt to swim the whole length of the English Channel wearing just swimming trunks, cap and goggles – braving exhaustion, cold and the busy ocean traffic to deliver a message for the environment. Averaging five hours and 10-20km every day, the 560km swim along the English coastline will take him from July 12 until late August to complete.
“I’ve been swimming in the world’s oceans for 30 years,” Lewis Pugh said. “This is not a long time in ecological terms, and yet I’ve seen the oceans change before my eyes.”