Wild Swimmer goes for a Dip in Frozen Loch – all in the name of charity!

Wild Swimmer Goes for a Dip in Frozen Loch
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Wild Swimmer goes for a Dip in Frozen Loch – he appears to enjoy the icy swim!

An experienced open and wild swimmer has been filmed breaking ice on the surface of a Highlands loch to swim in the chilly water below.

Norman Todd, 45, managed about 10 minutes in Loch Glascarnoch near Garve in Wester Ross on Saturday.

The offshore worker, from Ullapool, is training to take part in a swim of The Minch, a stretch of water between Scotland’s north west mainland coast and the Western Isles.

Norman previously swam in the sea between Achiltibuie and Ullapool to raise money for a marine conservation project.

Loch Glascarnoch frequently appears among Scottish locations having some of the lowest temperatures in winter.

Photographer and film-maker Steven Gourlay, who filmed Norman’s icy dip, said the air temperature on Saturday was almost -8C.

The experience will definitely prepare him for any future ice-cold dips.  Mr Todd was very brave to splash around in the broken up ice.  From a distance he did seem to be feeling the cold very much.  But he is familiar with will swims because of his background.  However not too many people would take on such a challenge.

The Loch is one of the coldest parts of the country.  Snow and ice can be enjoyable to look at or walk through.  But to swim is a different matter.

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