Tooting Bec Lido in South London Swimming Club hosts the 5th UK Cold Water Swimming Championships today.
With water temperatures as low as 1°C, jumping in for the 30 yard races is a challenge in itself.
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His car was about to get towed away. But he had other ideas.
41-year-old Latvian Arnis Zalkalns was last seen at home in Ealing on Wednesday, 3 September. He was reported missing two days later.
He fell 30 feet to the floor. But despite the drama, it appeared the show must go on.