A six-member team swam a 1000km in the tropical waters of the Arabian Sea across the west coast of India setting a world record for the longest distance open water non-stop relay swim in a team.
In an act of homage to the martyrs and victims of the horrific terrorist attacks that shook Mumbai on 26th November 2008, six swimmers representing the Indian Armed Forces, Mumbai police and civilians attempted a 1000km swim across the west coast of India.
They started the swim from Mumbai, on 26th November 2016 and completed it on 8th December at Tannirbhavi beach in Mangalore, covering the Konkan coast.
In doing so, they completed 1031.38km of unassisted open water non-stop relay swim across the west coast of India in 285 hours 56 minutes, setting a world record for the longest distance open water swim by a team of six, and for the longest distance open water swim by a team of unlimited persons.
According to a press release sent by Sea Hawks (the swimming team), The Swimming Federation of India (SFI), a national governing body for all swims in India, sent a representative to observe, monitor and ratify the swim. The SFI has confirmed both world records.
According to Wing Commander Paramvir Singh, who led the endeavour Tribute Swim, the swim itself was quite an adventure. “Since this was an unassisted swim, we did not wear a wetsuit. We encountered lakhs of jellyfish along the way, and were quite red from the stings and rashes. We also came across a lot of fishing nets along the way, and had to manoeuvre with caution. Some stretches of the waters were rough and choppy,” he told The Outdoor Journal in a telephone conversation.
Sea Hawks now hold two world records – For Longest Distance Open Water Swim by a Team of Six (held by Night Train Swimmers of the USA with 500.50 kms/311 miles), and for the Longest Distance Open water Swim by a Team of Unlimited persons (held by 684.75 kms by 200 swimmers in Camlough UK).
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