Meet the Hudson River TikTok swimmer who shocked social media with her Statue of Liberty dip

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How much would someone have to pay for you to dive into the Hudson River?

Donna Paysepar did it for the likes.

A TikTok video of her plunging into waters associated with raw sewage, dead bodies and centuries of pollution has people on social media crying foul.

As people on both sides of the Hudson secure their masks to help fight an actual pandemic, Paysepar went ahead and doused herself in who-knows-what. Many have made jokes about the swimmer transforming or mutating into some kind of creature a la “The Toxic Avenger” or the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

But Paysepar says the splash of fame was all worth it — however grimy.

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Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Swimming Association. Likes to run :-)

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