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Surigao-born endurance swimmer Ingemar Macarine achieved another record as he became the first person to swim across the channel in Masbate on Saturday, June 24.
Dubbed the “Pinoy Aquaman,” Macarine achieved the feat as he successfully completed the swim covering a distance of 10.5 kilometers from Bugtong Island in the town of Pio V. Corpus to the village Matayum in Cataingan town, Masbate.
The channel is known for its strong currents and is a popular route for marine vessels traveling between the Visayas and Luzon regions of the country.
The lawyer accomplished this feat in four hours and 22 minutes, marking his 37th endurance swim within and outside the country.
The swim was a part of the Bagat Dagat Festival in Masbate, which was organized by the provincial government of Masbate. The event was witnessed by town residents and several officials from the provincial government, led by Masbate Governor Antonio Kho.
“This has been one of the most difficult crossings due to strong currents in the last 1.5 kilometers from the shores,” he said after the swim.
Instead of giving up, Macarine said he increased his stroke rate when he encountered criss-crossing currents.
According to Macarine, the swim was part of his lifelong advocacy for cleaner seas, tourism, and healthy lifestyle.
Surigao-based businessman Oliver Palma, who served as Macarine’s navigator, expressed his elation as Macarine reached the shores. He said many people in Masbate doubted the lawyer’s ability to swim across the channel because of the strong currents. – Rapper.com