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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Marathoners Make Mumbai To Mangaluru

Courtesy of Dayanand Kukkaje, Daijiworld Media Network, India.

Earlier this month, The Sea Hawk smashed the six-person distance relay team record with an eye-opening 1,031 km swim (640 miles) from Mumbai to Mangaluru in India.

The relay started at the Gateway of India on November 16th and completed their swim on December 8th, a 22-day non-stop marathon by a team led by Indian Air Force Wing CommanderParamvir Singh together with retired Indian Air Force sergeant Gullupilli Narhari, Indian Air Force aircraftman Vicky Tokas, Mumbai police sub-inspector Shrikant Palande, open water swimmer Rahul Chiplunkar, and 16-year-old Manav Mehta from Mumbai.

Guide Subodh Sule and observer Shekhar Kale from the Swimming Federation of India rounded out their team.

Singh explained, "We urge many more people to join us in this tribute swim and condemn terror attacks. While we are setting world record, we also urge for world peace.

[We did] a non-stop relay where five hours a person is swimming and five hours a person is out. We have to follow [our designated] order and no relay member can be replaced even for health reasons. The currents in the Mangaluru coast are not as rough on the east coast. It is safe to swim.

We chose Mumbai to Mangaluru because Mangaluru beaches are considered as one of the best in India

The relay started in the 28°C (82°F) water at the Gateway of India and finished two days faster than anticipated. “The first three days are horrible,” admits the 41-year-old leader Singh. “It’s your mental strength and the motivation that keeps you going. This is an attempt to spreading the message of peace and condemning terror. Our team comprises people from all strata of society.”

The Sea Hawks swam as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the November 26th terror attacks in Mumbai which left 166 dead and over 200 injured.

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