Lewis Pugh completes Black Sea Swim in Seven Seas Campaign
Renowned endurance swimmer and United Nation’s Environment Programme (UNEP)’s Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh has today completed the fourth leg of his Seven Swims in the Seven Seas for 1 Reason campaign to highlight the need for, and importance of Marine Protected Areas on the global agenda.
Lewis completed his 10km swim off the coast of Sile, a town outside of Istanbul, Turkey in 2 hours 48 minutes.
Immediately afterwards Lewis said: “It was like a washing machine out there. Big waves and swell. Tough swimming conditions. I am very grateful to 5 Turkish swimmers who took turns to pace me over the 10km, and who share our vision for more Marine Protected Areas in this part of the world. Currently only 2.4% of Turkish water is set aside as a Marine Protected Area. I urge all the countries around the Black Sea to protect it more. It’s such a beautiful part of the world and a crucial ecosystem.”
Lewis will make his next journey to Aqaba, Jordan where he will undertake a 15km swim in the Red Sea as the fifth leg of his campaign.
Follow Lewis’s progress via his website, www.lewispugh.com