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L’aventurier Mike Horn dévoile son impressionnante perte de poids, l’opération sauvetage lancée

Mike Horn le 19 mai 2019. | © Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS / AFP

Environnement & Animaux

L’aventurier sud-africain et le Norvégien Børge Ousland vont bientôt être sauvés a annoncé Hugo Clément ce 4 décembre.

La fin imminente d’une mission quasi impossible ? Après avoir enchaînés les coups durs dans l’enfer glacé de l’Arctique durant 80 jours, Mike Horn et son compagnon de fortune Børge Ousland devraient bientôt être sauvés. C’est le journaliste français Hugo Clément qui a révélé les dessous de l’opération sur sa page Facebook.

« Un état de fatigue extrême »

Ces derniers jours, il faut bien dire que le périple du duo laissait présager le pire. Sur Instagram, Mike Horn a récemment fait part de sa perte de poids vertigineuse. « Nous nous sentons de plus en plus fatigués et fragiles. Nous estimons avoir perdu chacun entre 10 et 15 kilos, et nous n’étions pas très gros au début », a confié le Sud-Africain de 53 ans ce lundi 2 décembre.

 

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Expedition Update 38: After fixing @BorgeOusland’s sled yesterday, we were a little nervous to start using it again, but luckily it held together. It did however have a significant impact on our progress. As we cannot risk pulling it across open water leads, we spent our day transferring all the equipment in my sled to avoid getting our equipment wet. We had to repeat this process 3 times today, and who knows how many more times we will have to repeat it until the end of the expedition, although I hope not for too long! As for the wind, it is no longer in our favour and is now blowing straight into our faces, which is causing the ice drift to push us back north from where we came from. We are persisting though, although the progress is slow, and we hope to reach 82 degrees north in the next 2 to 3 days. For some reason, when you know the end is near, the days seem so much longer. Although the extreme cold and negative drift are really challenging us, we are confident that with our remaining food, we have a good shot at meeting the boat that is now on its way to pick us up. As for our physical state, we are feeling increasingly fatigued and fragile. We estimate to have each lost something between 10-15kgs, and we weren’t very fat to begin with…This is when I regret not gaining more weight before the start of the expedition, but even if I wanted to, I didn’t get much time to build fat reserves following my expedition to K2 in July…but this is the adventure I signed up for and I knew what I was getting myself into. As you can imagine though, we have both been DREAMING about food, especially these last couple of weeks. And even though we were careful to pack enough treats like these Norwegian chocolates you can see in today’s picture, we are still craving more!!! So this is a call out to anyone who wants to send me the best chocolate they know, and don’t forget to tell me why that chocolate is so special through a post or a story on your Instagram page. I can’t wait to hear your stories and taste your chocolates when I get back! (send my team an email via the mikehorn.com website for more info) #NorthPoleCrossing #Pole2Pole #Mike Horn #Chocolate!!!

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Sa fille, Anika, avait d’ailleurs lancé un SOS dans Le Parisien dès la fin du mois de novembre. « Son moral est au plus bas. Je ne l’ai jamais vu comme ça, dans un état de fatigue physique extrême. Il est en train de perdre la sensation de ses extrémités, c’est inquiétant », avait-elle glissé, inquiète. Mais le voyage semble bien toucher à sa fin. Ce 4 décembre, Hugo Clément a détaillé l’évolution des deux aventuriers avant de pouvoir les récupérer avec le Pangaea, le voilier de Mike Horn. Ce dernier ne rêverait que d’une chose : dévorer des chocolats, son péché mignon.

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