ARCTIC OCEAN, August 24. SWIMMING in water that measured three degrees Celsius (37.4 Fahrenheit), Lewis Pugh recently covered a distance of 1.07 kilometers in the Arctic Ocean. Pugh spent a little more than 20 minutes in the frigid water and became the first individual to complete a long-distance swim in the Arctic Ocean, just off the Spitsbergen Island in Norway.
Pugh conducted the swim under the rules of the English Channel Swimming Association, which prevents the use of a wetsuit or drysuit. Pugh prepared for his swim by training in an icy pool for several weeks before the Arctic Ocean outing. Pugh was aided in the water by a support ship, which kept watch for polar bears and walruses.