The six swimmers who set off to cover 1,000km from Mumbai’s Gateway of India on November 26 have broken their own record and set a Guinness world record for the longest open-water relay swim.
The Sea Hawks, which also has a 16-year-old, are now 890km from Mumbai, en route Mangalore.
The swim began on the eighth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks and was dedicated to all martyrs, including those who died defending the city on November 26, 2008. The team is being supported by IDBI. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the longest open-water relay swim, undertaken by 200 swimmers in 2009, covered 684.75km.
Shekhar Kale, an independent observer from the Swimming Federation of India has confirmed the team has swum approximately 890km. If one of them gives up, the expedition will be called off by the observer.
Last year, they swam 490km to create awareness about the government’s national mission of “Beti Padhao Beti Bachao Andolan.”
The Sea Hawks team comprises their leader Indian Air Force (IAF) wing commander Paramvir Singh, 41, Sgt. (retd) G Narhari, 41, Air Warrior (IAF) Vicky Tokas, 26, Mumbai police’s assistant police inspector Srikant Palande, 33, Maharashtra state swimming team’s coach Rahul Chiplunkar, 30, and student Manav Mehta, 16, who has been swimming in the open waters from the age of seven.