by Roel N. Catoto
Dover, United Kingdom — Environmental lawyer and endurance swimmer Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine was pulled out of the waters after almost an hour of swim due to safety reason.
Macarine is determined to complete the 21-mile (33.8 kilometers) English Channel swim that started from Samphire Hoe Beach in Dover at 2:45 a.m. (9:45 a.m. PH time) enduring the water temperature average of 17 degree Celsius but after swimming for 50 minutes the swim was stopped by boat pilot Eric Hartley of Pathfinder charter.
“It’s hard to control the boat with the current condition. The wind speed is too strong than what was forecast at 3 knots. It’s important to keep him near the boat. It’s always safety first. With this condition, it’s so easy to lose the swimmer with the swells and anything,” Hartley told reporters who were on the boat covering this epic swim.
Macarine had already swum a total of 3.8 km when the boat pilot interfered. Macarine thought he was to get his first feeding which is a substance of 400 ml energy drink, but got surprised to be stopped.
“I couldn’t believe I was stopped. I’ve gone through worse on it during my previous crossings in the Philippines,” he said, adding he cannot do anything about it since the swim is sanctioned by Channel Swimming Association (CSA).
Keith Oiller, an official observer of Channel Swimming Association (CSA) told Macarine that he can swim on better days.
“Swim window for Ingemar probably on Friday, but again it depends on sea conditions,” Oiller said.
The 21-mile English Channel is considered the “Mount Everest” for open water swimmers from all around the world.