Shore-ing up the Dead Sea
Swimmers from around the world plunged into the salty waters of the Dead Sea yesterday to attempt a seven-hour swim across the fabled lake in a bid to draw attention to its environmental degradation. Wearing protective masks and snorkels, 25 swimmers paddled through the muddy water to attempt the 15km swim from Jordan to Israel. The Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth at 423m below sea level, has shrunk significantly over recent decades, a process environmentalists blame on unsustainable water management and over-exploitation of the lake’s minerals. “We’re here for the first ever Dead Sea swim challenge with 25 swimmers that come from all over the world to send out a clear message to save the Dead Sea,” said Mira Edelstein, from the environmental group EcoPeace.