Skeena swim: 2 days down, 26 to go - Metro US

Skeena swim: 2 days down, 26 to go

The Hazelton woman attempting to swim the entire length of British Columbia’s second-longest river is doing well after completing her second day in the water — there are 26 more to go.

A video by camera crews documenting her journey show Ali Howard using the Skeena River’s current to ease her swim while being careful to avoid dangerous rocks.

Howard is attempting the 610-kilometre swim to raise awareness of proposed industrial projects along the river.

Although not a professional swimmer, Howard trained for almost two months before hugging supporters and jumping in the water on Tuesday.

“I’m hoping my swim will help permanently safeguard the watershed from developments that threaten its ecosystem,” she said.

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