Yekaterina Nekrasova, who took up free diving 4 years in the past, then held her breath for a minute and a half as she lined the 85 meters (279 ft) of a frozen Lake Baikal on January 7 — the Russian Orthodox Christmas Day.
She is believed to have set a world file together with her try. A spokeswoman for Guinness World Records advised CNN they’ve obtained particulars of Nekrasova’s try however have but to confirm the landmark swim.
Footage filmed from above the floor exhibits members of her help workforce following behind in moist fits, in case of emergency. According to the Siberian Times, holes have been minimize within the 10-inch-thick ice at common intervals in case she wanted to abort the swim.
The problem was filmed from each above and beneath the floor. Nekrasova might be seen descending a ladder, then following a route marked by a cable for a minute and a half. At the top she exits the water by climbing up one other ladder.
Met by her help workforce, Nekrasova emerges to say in English: “I’m OK.”
Lake Baikal holds a number of international information itself. Somewhere between 20 and 25 million years previous, it’s the oldest present freshwater lake on Earth. Reaching down so far as 5,315 ft, it’s the deepest continental physique of water, in addition to being the world’s largest freshwater lake by quantity — it holds about one-fifth of the recent water on Earth’s floor, some 5,500 cubic miles.
While she knew that she might “comfortably” swim 75 meters (246 ft), Nekrasova stated doubts started to creep in.
“I thought what if I would freeze before the start, or the mask would freeze or fog up, or I would stick to the ice at the finish line. And of course I didn’t know how long I could dive in a new place,” she wrote.
The air temperature was as little as -22 levels Fahrenheit however felt extra like -43.6 on January 6, she stated. Conditions have been “dangerous and dark under the ice,” which satisfied the workforce to postpone the try.
Nekrasova described what occurred the next day as a “Christmas miracle.”
“The weather warmed up to -21 (degrees Celsius, -5.8 Fahrenheit ), the wind slightly moderated,” she wrote. As her help workforce ready the location with security lanes and holes within the ice, she remained at her lodge.
Having warmed up, she made her approach to the place to begin, the place she was joined by her help workforce.
“For a minute I stood dressed in front of the ladder, tuned in, breathing, the wind was strong. I put on a mask, undressed and hurried into the water. There is no wind, no frost, no fear in the water and it is very comfortable. I stood for about 30 seconds until the pulse calmed down. Then I dived.”
Describing the expertise as a “pleasure,” stated she “enjoyed the process” and that finally she was “overwhelmed with emotions.”
Signing off, she added: “The powerful energy of this place helped me. Thank you Baikal! Until next time!”
Ice swimming, or epiphany bathing, is a practice in Russia. For many Orthodox Christians, it’s a part of a January ritual commemorating the baptism of Jesus.
Nekrasova, who trains 4 instances every week in a heat pool and dives twice in every week in ice holes in Moscow, advised CNN: “For me, under-ice diving is like an energy boost, as if I was reborn. It is a sensation I can’t compare to anything else, a very pleasant one. And I always long for it.”
By comparability, Nekrasova is a free diver — which suggests she held her breath all through the swim at near 32 levels Fahrenheit, underneath a sheet of ice.
He stated: “The water there’s as recent as one can get — salinity of zero. Meaning you’re heavier within the water and you’re feeling the chilly a little bit greater than in salt water.
“It is a magical place, Lake Baikal. The water visibility can be wonderful, crystal clear water and you may see ceaselessly. That is an effective issue for security.”
Of Nekrasova’s achievement, he stated: “The water ought to have been near zero, which makes it extraordinarily onerous in your muscle groups. She swam with none help — gliding very effectively. It was wonderful to observe her.
“Eighty-five meters is a very long distance in warm water with no ice sheet above your head. Although she had a line to show her direction and distance, she wasn’t attached to anything, with few ice holes on the way. Typical hardcore Russian style.”
According to Guinness World Records, the file for the longest swim underneath ice is held by Dane Stig Severinsen, who swam 250 ft in Greenland in 2013.