Duble To Cross The Palk Strait

Duble To Cross The Palk Strait

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The JD Sports Youth Foundation, which is recognized by Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry Of India, aims to reduce the number of deaths  caused by drowning. They are recently organizing a series of marathon swims by 18-year-old Jayant Jaiprakash Duble.

After two unprecedented swims, Duble will attempt a crossing of the 30 km Palk Strait between Talaimannar in Sri Lanka and Dhanushkodi in India on March 26th. His attempt across the Palk Strait was delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he will still have to avoid sand bars, snakes, jellyfish, poisonous marine life, and sharks. On his two escort boats, he will be coached by his father Dr. Jaiprakash Duble and Dr. Sambhaji Bhonsale, India Swimming Federation observer Tamil Vanan, lifeguards, local fishermen, and pace swimmers.

Previously, Duble finished 7th in the 81 km India National Open Water Swimming Competition in River Bhagirathi in 12 hours 29 minutes and completed the 36 km All India Swimming Marathon. More recently last month, Duble completed a 24 km crossing between Chapora Fort to Aguada Fort in the Arabian Sea in 4 hours 50 minutes and an unprecedented 27 km crossing from Zuari Bridge to Mandovi Bridge in Goa, India in 7 hours 9 minutes.

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Steven Munatones