Chilean swimmer breaks Guinness world record

STORY: This swimmer has broken

a Guinness world record

by swimming between the

Pacific and Atlantic Oceans

Location: Cabo de Hornos, Chile

Barbara Hernandez swam

one nautical mile

in 15 minutes and three seconds


“The main obstacles or adversities were first the water temperature. It’s very cold, it’s around 44 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also a distance that, at that location, had never been swum by a woman or a man. That made us extra careful with things like hypothermia, which can be severe. We wanted to work under the best conditions in a very inhospitable environment.”

Hernandez is known as the 'ice mermaid'

She says she wants

all Chileans to feel

as if her achievement was theirs