Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The New Zealand Herald reported that Pamela Dickson, a 56-year-old grandmother of 10, became the oldest person to swim the length of Lake Taupo, the biggest lake in New Zealand. The 40.2K crossing from Waihi Bay to the Taupo Yacht Club took her 13 hours and 56 minutes on Friday.

Dickson, who is the oldest person to swim the Cook Strait, told the New Zealand Herald, “The lake is different from the ocean. There’s no tidal assistance, it’s just dead water. The wind was hitting me on the side too. The lake is so deep, all I could see was darkness. My shoulders were very numb and the whole night I felt like I was rocking. My body was in that rhythm from the water.”

Photo by the Rotorua Daily Post.

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