Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Balasaheb Ramchandra Ghadge and Rajiv Trivedi set the fastest crossing for an assisted swim across the Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka in 12 hours 31 minutes. The 50-something duo completed their tandem swim in 2011.

Ghadge is a Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mumbai while Trivedi is the Additional Director General of Police. The police officers were respectful of the crossing.

The most difficult thing was not being able to see anything. Apart from being scary, this leads to a sense of disorientation. The only point of reference remains the light of the support boat. The danger in the sea is mostly from sharks, snakes, jellyfish and other poisonous bugs. We used an imported electronic shark repellent device which was hung from the support boat. I kept praying to Lord Ramnathaswamy to bring us back safely to Rameswaram. My wife Udaya and my sons Prasoon and Prashant, who are all good swimmers and athletes, too, were a tremendous source of strength for me,” said Trivedi.

Ghadge was also appreciative of the help he received with 3 escort boats manned by the Sri Lanka Navy and the Indian Navy and Coast Guard, “I owe my success to all my colleagues and seniors.”

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