‘Aqua­man’ con­quers Bo­hol seas

The Freeman - - REGION -

PANGLAO, BO­HOL -– Lawyer and en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vo­cate Inge­mar "Pinoy Aqua­man" Macarine en­dured the strong cur­rent on November 12 to com­plete his open-sea swim from Pami­la­can Is­land to Panglao Is­land in Bo­hol.

A long dis­tance swim­mer in his early 40s, Macarine, also a Com­elec of­fi­cial in Bo­hol, ad­mit­ted al­most giv­ing up as he ex­pe­ri­enced shoul­der pain af­ter be­ing in the wa­ter for al­most two hours.

“All of a sud­den I had a prob­lem with my right shoul­der,” Macarine told re­porters who cov­ered the swim.

Macarine, started the swim at 6:30 a.m. from Pami­la­can Is­land, which is part of Ba­clayon town in Bo­hol. It took him six hours and 43 minutes to com­plete the swim, with a to­tal dis­tance of 17.83 kilo­me­ters.

The Pami­la­can-Panglao swim was his 34th open wa­ter swim, the 17th marathon swim in his ca­reer, and the 7th marathon swim in the Bo­hol seas.

Macarine got into open-wa­ter swims as part of his life­time ad­vo­cacy for marine re­source pro­tec­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal tourism and cli­mate change aware­ness. “I hope the swim will en­cour­age or in­spire fel­low Filipinos to take care of our marine en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

Macarine said the swim was also a part of his prepa­ra­tions for his last and fi­nal at­tempt to con­quer the English Chan­nel, a swim­ming route con­sid­ered as the ‘Mt. Ever­est’ for open-wa­ter swim­ming, in Au­gust 2018.

Last Au­gust, Macarine was stopped by un­fa­vor­able weather con­di­tions in his bid to com­plete the cross­ing of the English Chan­nel due to un­fa­vor­able weather con­di­tions.

Dann Diez, an en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist who heads the "Let's Do It Philip­pines" cam­paign, said he was amazed by Macarine's en­durance.

"Even if his right shoul­der was aching, he de­cided to go on and reached the shore of Panglao," said Diez, who watched the en­tire swim course.

(PNA)

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