First Generation Of Bangla Channel Swimmers On WOWSA Live

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Swim in warm, beautiful, unpredictable waters with friendly, hospitable hosts in a largely unchartered part of the world’s oceans. That is the message of Kshitindra Chandra Baisya, Mizanur Rahman, Fazlul Kabir Sina, Lipton Sarker, Salman Saeed, Kamal Anwar Babu, Mohammed Shamsuzzaman Arafat, Parvez Rashid, and Sheikh Mahbubur Rahman who have pioneered the early history of swimming across the 16.1 km Bangla Channel.

The team was joined by International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairperson Ned Denison on today’s WOWSA Live interview.

They discussed the Bangla Channel where the 16.1 km International Bangla Channel Marathon Swim takes place from mainland Bangladesh (Teknaf) to St. Martin’s Island located in the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh.

The swim window for the event and for interested solo swimmers from around the world starts in mid-November and lasts until middle April. The water temperature is between 22-27°C water and is pollution free with jellyfish, dolphins and whales. The jellyfish are numerous, but their stings are not severe. Getting to the start point from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport takes a long drive and a boat ride to the start at the beautiful St. Martin’s Island.

Kshitindra Chandra Baisya explains, “Bangla Channel Swimming is a 16.1 km open water swim route through Bay of Bengal where the start point is located at the southern tip of Bangladesh called Teknaf. Shahpuri Island in on the mainland of Bangladesh where the participants will gather. The swimmers start swimming a couple of kilometers through River Naf before entering into the Bay of Bengal. The rest of the swim is through Bay of Bengal, all the way towards an island called St. Martin’s Island, a coral island. It is a small island with few thousands local inhabitants mostly fishermen with beautiful sandy beach and greeneries.

During the swim, the swimmers will be escorted through the swim route by a navigation boat and a mother boat with CPR professionals, doctors, and videographers. Each of the swimmers are escorted by a smaller rescue boat with a boat crew and the swimmer’s helper and with rescue volunteers who continually assist, guide and hydrate the swimmer.

The depth of the swim route varies from 60 feet to 200 feet. There are two to three different types of currents which the boatmen are aware of and guides the swimmer cruising through the swim route. There are no sharks or any kind of life-threatening wildlife in the swim route apart from jellyfish. Sometimes swimmers get to experience few dolphins around.

The swim route is absolutely free of any toxic chemicals as there is no industrial plants around. It is one of the safest route in the world of open water swimming as there is no commercial boats or ships traveling through the swim route. There is no other traffic in the swim route apart from swimmers own rescue boat and the navigation boat.

The sea is always unpredictable. Sometimes she is calm; but sometimes, the wind blows hard and she becomes rough. There is not much surprise apart from this.

For international swimmers, when they arrive in Bangladesh at the airport in Dhaka, members of Bangla Channel Swimming take all responsibility from finish to the end of the journey. Bangla Channel Swimming is closely affiliated with Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation and Bangladesh Tourism Board.

The cost per swimmers may vary from US$2,000 to 2,500 for a 5-night, 6-day visit which includes all costs of swimming the Bangla Channel, ground transfers, suitable accommodations in Dhaka, Cox’s Bazar and St. Martin’s Island that includes three meals per day, inland airfare and a boat ride from Cox’s Bazar to St. Martin’s Island and back. Cox’s Bazar is the place where the longest sea beach of the world is located. Sightseeing in Cox’s Bazar and snorkeling in St.Martin’s Island’s Chera dweep is available.

Should the international swimmer wishes to stay a little longer period of time, they shall have opportunity to visit Bandarbans and Rangamati (The Chittagong Hill Tracts), visit to Sylhet and Sri Mongol where the Tea Gardens are situated, or a trip to Sundarban where the mangrove forests is located with additional costs.

Bangladesh is a beautiful land of nature where her people are very hospitable. It will be a memory of a lifetime for the swimmer who wishes to swim the Bangla Channel.”

Bangla Channel Swimmers List:
14.5 km course on 2006, 14th January 14th 2006 organized by Dacca base Camp
1st Lipton Sarker 5 hours 10 minutes
2nd Fazlul Kabir Sina 5 hours 21 minutes
3rd Salman Saeed 5 hours 30 minutes

14.5 km course on 2007, 27th February 27th 2007 organized by Dacca base Camp
4th Lipton Sarker 5 hours 0 minutes
5th Bipu 5 hours 15 minutes
6th Nur Mohammad 5 hours 22 minutes
7th Fazlul Kabir Sina 5 hours 30 minutes
8th Rubel 5 hours 40 minutes
9th Rashid 5 hours 45 minutes
10th Salman Saeed 5 hours 48 minutes

14.5 km course on 2008, 04th March 4th 2008 organized by Extreme Bangla
11th Lipton Sarker 3 hours 30 minutes
12th Fazlul Kabir Sina 4 hours 0 minutes

14.5 km course on February 7th 2009 organized by Extreme Bangla
13th Lipton Sarker 4 hours 15 minutes
14th Mozibur Rahman 4 hours 30 minutes
15th Shihab 5 hours 5 minutes

14.5 km course on March 28th 2010 organized by Extreme Bangla
16th Lipton Sarker 3 hours 35 minutes

14.5 km course on March 9th 2011 organized by Extreme Bangla and NACB
17th Lipton Sarker 4 hours 15 minutes
18th Musa Ibrahim 4 hours 57 minutes

16.1 km course on March 17th 2012 organized by Extreme Bangla and Everest Academy
19th Milko van Gool 3 hours 46 minutes
20th Lipton Sarker 5 hours 5 minutes
21st Md Moniruzzaman 8 hours 10 minutes
22nd Musa Ibrahim 8 hours 18 minutes

16.1 km course on December 18th 2013 organized by Extreme Bangla and Everest Academy
23rd Lipton Sarker 5 hours 20 minutes
24th Md Moniruzzaman 5 hours 20 minutes

16.1 km course on December 28th 2014 organized by Extreme Bangla
25th Lipton Sarker 6 hours 30 minutes
26th Md Moniruzzaman 6 hours 30 minutes

16.1 km course on December 25th 2015 organized by Extreme Bangla and Shwaroz Adventure<br/>
27th Lipton Sarker 4 hours 0 minutes
28th Md Moniruzzaman 4 hour 30 minutes
29th Md Shamsuzzaman 4 hours 38 minutes
30th Parvez Rashid 6 hours 30 minutes

16.1 km course on March 10th 2016 organized by Extreme Bangla, Shwaroz Adventure and Everest Academy
31st Ritu Kadia 3 hours 40 minutes
32nd Md Shamsuzzaman 4 hours 40 minutes
33rd Shahdat Basher 5 hours 10 minutes
34th Fazlul Kabir Sina 5 hours 30 minutes
35th Parvez Rashid 5 hours 40 minutes
36th Lipton Sarker 6 hours 10 minutes
37th Md Moniruzzaman 6 hours 10 minutes
38th Musa Ibrahim

16.1 km course on April 11th 2017 organized by Extreme Bangla and Shwaroz Adventure
39th Md Moniruzzaman 4 hours 0 minutes
40th Md Shamsuzzaman 4 hours 13 minutes
41st Lipton Sarker 4 hours 40 minutes
42nd Fazlul Kabir Sina 4 hours 40 minutes
16.1 km course on March 19th 2018 organized by Extreme Bangla and Shwaroz Adventure
43. Md. Saiful Islam Rasel 3 hours 8 minutes
44. Md Moniruzzaman 3 hours 26 minutes
45. S.I.M Ferdous Alom 3 hours 42 minutes
46. Md. Rafiqul Islam 3 hours 56 minutes
47. Mohammad Shamsuzzaman Arafat 4 hours 2 minutes
48. Sree Sonkor Chondro Bormon 4 hours 2 minutes
49. Fazlul Kabir Sina4 hours 9 minutes
50. Sakib Al Hoque 4 hours 13 minutes
51. MD. Mazed Mia 4 hours 27 minutes
52. Mst. Mitu Akhter 4 hours 32 minutes
53. Abdullah Al Roman 4 hours 33 minutes
54. Rafiqul Islam 4 hours 41 minutes
55. Mizanur Rahman 4 hours 42 minutes
56. Lipton Sarker 4 hours 55 minutes
57. Mahbubur Rahman 5 hours 0 minutes
58. Abdullah Al Imran 5 hours 0 minutes
59. Utshob Sarker 5 hours 20 minutes
60. Shohag Biswas 5 hours 25 minutes

16.1 km course on March 21st 2019 organized by Extreme Bangla and Shwaroz Adventure
61. Sajjad Hossain 2 hours 59 minutes
62. Md Nayon Islam 3 hours 33 minutes
63. MD. Saiful Islam Rasel 3 hours 50 minutes
64. MD. Moniruzzaman 3 hours 57 minutes
65. Ms Mitu Akhter 4 hours 5 minutes
66. Mohammad Shamsuzzaman Arafat 4 hours 8 minutes
67. Hemayet Ullah Noor 4 hours 11 minutes
68. Md. Rafiqul Islam 4 hours 16 minutes
69. Sree Sonkor Chondro Bormon 4 hours 18 minutes
70. MD. Mazed Mia 4 hours 26 minutes
71. Abdullah Al Roman 4 hours 29 minutes
72. S.I.M Ferdous Alom 4 hours 30 minutes
73. Mahadi Hasan 4 hours 33 minutes
74. Md Musa Harun 4 hours 47 minutes
75. Sheikh Mahbub Ur Rahman 4 hours 49 minutes
76. Mosaddak Ahmed Tarik 4 hours 50 minutes
77. MD Nahid Hasan 4 hours 51 minutes
78. Jamshedul Alam 4 hours 56 minutes
79. Ms. Shohagi 5 hours 3 minutes
80. Mizanur Rahman 5 hours 13 minutes (72 years old)
81. MD. Abu Taher 5 hours 19 minutes
82. Allama Didar 5 hours 25 minutes
83. MD. Abdullah Al Mamun 5 hours 31 minutes
84. Md. Al Shad Sarker 5 hours 38 minutes
85. MD. Shoaib 5 hours 40 minutes
86. Lipton Sarker 5 hours 40 minutes
87. MD. Alamgir 5 hours 43 minutes
88. Muntasir Sami 6 hours 10 minutes
89. Syful Bashar Suja 6 hours 11 minutes
90. Hasibul Hasan Sabuj 6 hours 34 minutes
91. A.H.M Yeakub Ali Jony 6 hours 46 minutes

For more information on the history of the Bangla Channel, visit here.

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