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Chilean swimmer achieves world record in freezing conditions near Cape Horn


Santiago (28/06 – 27.27) Chilean swimmer Barbara Hernandez, the holder of the triple crown in open waters, on Wednesday went into the Guinness World Records for swimming three nautical miles (about 5,500 meters, or 3.4 miles) in the chilly waters near Cape Horn, Chile’s southernmost point.

The “Mermaid of the Ice” on Feb. 27, 2022, set a new record for swimming one mile – 15 minutes and 3 seconds – in the 7 C (45 F) waters in the Strait of Magellan, which connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans north of Antarctica.

“I feel happy and grateful for the opportunity to swim in such complicated and significant waters. I thank the crew of the Chilean navy vessel PSG Isaza, and also my team who enabled me to be safe,” Hernandez wrote on her Instagram account.