A Donegal’s open sea swimmer has just completed a swim beside the world’s largest glacier.

Anne Marie Ward from Portnablagh is on now her way home from the gruelling "Winter Swimming Festival in Argentina."

She was one of 60 swimmers from all over the world who braved some icy seas as she took part in a number of events.

It might be summer in Europe but in the south of Argentina this is winter time.

The festival ran from August 1st until Sunday and included a number of really challenging swims.

One was to swim across a branch of the world’s widest river, going between Puerto Madero and Buenos Aires. Competitors also had the opportunity to swim in some stunning waters from Poterillos – Mendoza and to swim beside the world’s largest glacier between El Calafate and Santa Cruz where the water temperature hovers between 0 – 2 degrees.

Commenting on social media about what was a memorable experience, she stated: “On way home from mind-blowing swim in the glacier, all safe and well, such an honour to have had the opportunity to do this, thank you so much to the Argentine Coast Guard who provided the safety and rescue cover, need some heat and rest now.......”

Prior to that she had completed a 1,000 me swin high up in the beautiful Andes mountain range.

Kerry woman Nuala Moore, who has strong Killybegs connections, was also taking part.

Like Anne-Marie, she has completed a number of notable long distance open water swims. They were both members of the relay team that completed the Round Ireland Swim.

This promotional video gives you an insight of what it was like.


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