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Alex Kostich Talks About His Pioneering Swim In Pitcairn

With fewer than 50 residents on Pitcairn Island, Alex Kostich's successful 9.8 km circumnavigation swim around the island created quite a stir. 

Kostich gives his first-hand account of his unprecedented swim:

"It was a really gratifying opportunity to be able to do this, albeit in less than ideal conditions. It took us 8 hours longer by cargo ship to arrive on island on May 2nd. We were told we might not even be able to disembark our ship to spend the first night on Pitcairn as a result of the stormy high seas...[it was] really bad.

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