Louise Minchin sparks concern after BBC Breakfast host’s deep water dive amid recovery

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Louise Minchin, 52, previously shared images on social media of her bandaged leg, after sustaining a broken foot. The BBC Breakfast host and sports-enthusiast appeared to be on the road to recovery after she took part in an open water swimming challenge which has sparked concern from viewers online.

The broadcaster took an extended break from the show but returned to the Breakfast sofa alongside her co-host Dan Walker in December.

Louise had recently shared she was “uncertain” about her recovery time as she returned to her job sporting a walking boot that protects fractures and crutches.

Taking to Twitter, the broadcaster shared a candid photo of herself in the open water as she prepared for her swimming challenge.

Louise donned a full-body wetsuit, swimming hat and eye goggles for her dip this week.

The TV anchor chose to take part in her challenge during Britain’s coldest days this week which saw some temperatures in parts of the UK plummet to below -20C.

In view of her 200,000 followers, Louise penned: “Inspired by @Iceman_Hof and @herspirituk #Winterswimchallenge I have been in the water. There was ice, but it was ace and I am keeping the wetsuit, gloves and hat for the moment!”

A social media user quipped: “You picked the coldest day of the year – bet it was warmer in the water! Well done.”

To which Louise replied: “Yup it was about 1.5 outside and 3.3 in the water!”

Some social media users shared their concern, as fans were stunned that Louise completed the challenge during freezing temperatures.

One quizzed: “OMG you didn’t swim in that! DID YOU?” (sic)

“Don’t try this at home folks unless, like Louise you are an experienced cold open water swimmer,” another remarked.

A third chimed: “So brave or… so bonkers? Whatever makes you happy and I can see that you loved it.”


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Another commented: “Definitely better days to take a dip…..brutally cold wind chill – good effort.”

However, many others championed Louise for her bravery amid her recent foot injury.

One wrote: “That’s amazing. Hope your foot will be recovered soon.”

“I wish I had the guts to do this… I feel like a wimp!” another person said.

Louise’s foot injury was a result of the presenter not having her ankle previously checked after sustaining an injury training for a triathlon last year.

She then revealed that she had broken a bone in her foot and also snapped an ankle ligament.

After surgery to reconstruct, Louise admitted she has no idea how long it would take to fully recover.

BBC Breakfast airs daily on BBC One at 6am.

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