Saiful Islam Rasel Completes First Two-way Crossing Of The Bangla Channel
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
On March 29th, Saiful Islam Rasel – nicknamed Sea Horse – became the first Bangladeshi to complete a two-way crossing of the 16.1 km Bangla Channel in the Bay of Bengal. Starting at 5:55 am from St. Martin, he and five other swimmers went into the water for a 32.2 km double crossing . Everyone reached the western part of Shahpari Island in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar on the mainland of Bangladesh.
They headed headed back, but only Rasel finished. His time for the 32.2 km crossing was 10 hours 20 minutes for the event organized by Sharaj Adventure and Extreme Bangla, the organizers of Bangla Channel Swimming.
Rasel has crossed the Bangla Channel before. In 2016, in 3 hours 6 minutes 6 seconds. In 2017, in 2 hours 59 minutes. He chose late March because “the sea is not very rough, nor is it very calm.” Rasel is also a water polo player, but he received a unique opportunity in 2016 when the Bangladesh Navy and the Bangladesh Swimming Federation held a Talent Hunt and selected 180 swimmers out of 25,000 swimmers across the country to participate in a training camp.
The history of swimming the Bangla Channel is here.
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