A team of six is swimming, in relay, from the iconic Gateway of India in Mumbai to Mangaluru in Karnataka, covering over 1,000 kilometres, to pay tribute to the victims of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. ‘The Swim of the Century’, supported by IDBI bank, started this evening.
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The team, led by Wing Commander Paramvir Singh of Indian Air Force (IAF), includes Rahul Chiplunkar, a prolific swimmer, 16-year-old Manav Mehta, a swimming prodigy from Navi Mumbai, Sgt (retd) G Narahari, Shrikant Palande of Mumbai Police and LAC (Leading Aircraftman) Vicky Tokas of IAF.
Each member of the team will swim for an hour, to be replaced by another, in a relay. The team expects to complete the journey through the Arabian Sea in 14-15 days.
Union MoS for Power (independent charge) Piyush Goyal, chairman of All India Anti-Terrorist Front MS Bitta and Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, were present as the swimming expedition started.
On November 26, 2008, 10 Pakistani terrorists attacked various locations in Mumbai, killing 166 people and injuring several others.