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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