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Ocean Swimmer Nuala Moore on Swimming the Bering Straits

24th June 2021
Nuala Moore swimming at Italy Glacier in water temperatures of  2/3 degrees
Nuala Moore swimming at Italy Glacier in water temperatures of 2/3 degrees

“Like a real live James Bond movie.. another absolutely insane adventure” is how the ocean and cold water swimmer Nuala Moore describes it.

She’s talking about the relay which she and Donegal swimmer Anne Marie Ward participated in to swim the Bering Straits between Russia and the US over six days, supervised by the Russian military, in 2013.

The two Irish women were among a team of 27 swimmers from 12 countries to complete the 9 km transit in four-metre waves, 80 knot northerly winds and waters of two to three degrees Celsius with “fog dropping and boats getting lost and swimmers disconnected”.

Nuala with certificate and Catherine Buckland and Chris Booker on Cape HornNuala (left) with certificate and Catherine Buckland and Chris Booker on Cape Horn

The Bering Strait is regarding as one of the most unforgiving of seas and is the setting for the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” series.

“We didn’t do a headcount but I think everyone came back...I knew Annmarie was beside me and that’s good enough,” Moore tells Wavelengths in part two of her podcast. The first part of the podcast is here

She also talks about her world record swim off Cape Horn, her work on water safety with primary schools, and with the Ocean Triple R (Remote Recovery Rescue) Emergency Care project, involving medics, nurses, swimmers and event organisers.

She also has advice on those “incredibly beautiful but quite treacherous” jellyfish.

Listen to Wavelengths below

Lorna Siggins

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Lorna Siggins is a print and radio reporter, and a former Irish Times western correspondent. She is the author of Search and Rescue: True stories of Irish Air-Sea Rescues and the Loss of R116 (2022); Everest Callling (1994) on the first Irish Everest expedition; Mayday! Mayday! (2004); and Once Upon a Time in the West: the Corrib gas controversy (2010). She is also co-producer with Sarah Blake of the Doc on One "Miracle in Galway Bay" which recently won a Celtic Media Award

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Weekly dispatches from the Irish coast with journalist Lorna Siggins, talking to people in the maritime sphere. Topics range from marine science and research to renewable energy, fishing, aquaculture, archaeology, history, music and more...