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Friday, August 5, 2016

A Twinkling In The Eye Leads To Loch Ness Crossing

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Helen Beveridge has every reason to not be able to complete a 37 km crossing of Loch Ness in Scotland.

The mother of three children (ages 12, 14 and 15) works as an environmental manager for a construction company. Both responsibilities could give the 48-year-old pause before training for and attempting a crossing of deep famed 23-mile loch in the Scottish Highlands.

Along the way, her shoulders turned blue and then her upper arm all the way down to her elbows went blue. Hypothermia could have been another reason to stop in the water temperature that ranged from 12.1°C (53°F) at the start in Fort Augustus and "warmed up" to 14°C (57°F) at the finish in Lochend on August 1st.

But she soldiered on. Stroke by stroke, mile by mile until she came onshore 18 hours 22 minutes after her start at 5:47 am.

What was her motivation? She told BBC News, "You always think you see something out of the corner of your eye."

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