Story: Open water swimming

A swimmer in trouble

A swimmer in trouble

Cold and exhaustion often overcome long-distance swimmers, especially if they have been in the water for many hours. This photograph shows Anna Taylor being dragged from Cook Strait, suffering from severe hypothermia, after an attempted crossing in February 1999. When she was lifted from the water she had been fighting strong tides for 12½ hours and was only 600 metres from her destination.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1999/0445/36A-F
Photograph by Melanie Burford

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Open water swimming - Long-distance and marathon swimming', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 October 2021)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Feb 2016