posted on Jul, 2 2003 @ 07:56 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - An Oregon man ended a 1,243 mile swim on Tuesday after spending 13 months in the icy waters of the Columbia River, braving
toxins and bacteria, to raise awareness about its pollution.
Christopher Swain, 35, a lifelong lover of water sports, began the journey in Canada more than a year ago. Putting aside family life and plans for a
career in acupuncture, Swain lived on donations and revenue from T-shirt sales during his effort to clean up the river.
The Columbia is plagued by toxic wastes, rising temperatures, rampant bacteria, and the dwindling survival rate of its salmon.