MOSCOW, Renter: American long distance swimmer Lynne Cox swam across Siberia’s chilly Lake Baikal on Friday, the Soviet News Agency Tass said. Cox,

31 covered nearly 18 km (10.8 miles) in four hours and 20 minutes, Tass reported from the Siberian City of Irkutsk the water temperature in the world’s deepest lake was 11 degrees centigrade (51.8 Fahrenheit),

“This is the first ever long swim in the cold water of Lake Baikal,” Tass said.

The American swam the Crescent shaped lake near the village of listuyanka accompanied by a team of doctors and trainers,

A Specialist in Coldwater long distance swims, Cox a year ago conquered the Bering Strait from an Island off Alaska to the easternmost point of the Soviet Union,

Article extracted from this publication >> September 2, 1988