Sight Unseen ... Dreams Realized In The Bangla Channel

Sight Unseen … Dreams Realized In The Bangla Channel

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California., Bangladesh’s online news source, reported that ten teenagers (five boys and five girls), including some who had never seen the ocean before, completed a 14.5K swim across the Bay of Bengal on February 18th.

After starting on Shahpari Island of Teknaf, which has one of the longest beaches in the world (at 80 kilometers), the first swimmer reached St Martin Island, the only coral island in Bangladesh, 3 hours 9 minutes later.

The cross-bay swim is known as the Bangla Channel that was organized by the Bangladesh Swimming Federation, Sports Vision Limited and Nature Adventure Club with the aim to introduce the coral island paradise to the international community of tourists and swimmers.

Rajshahi’s Alamgir Swimming Club’s Faisal Ahmed had the honor to reach Saint Martin Island first. Bangladesh Krira Shiksha Pratisthan’s Rumana Akter was the first girl to accomplish the marathon swim. The teenagers, clad in yellow to help with visibility and safety, were awarded prizes by Bangladesh Navy chief and Bangladesh Swimming Federation president vice admiral Zahir Uddin Ahmed.

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Steven Munatones