Struggling due to strong current, Macarine still completes swim to promote peace
WHAT supposed to be an easy swim for peace in Marawi turned out to be one of the most challenging for Ingemar “Pinoy Aquaman” Macarine.
The 39-year-old Macarine was supposed to swim yesterday from Camiguin Island to the port of Balingoan town in Misamis Oriental in northern Mindanao, which had a distance of 11 kilometers.
But because of the strong current, Macarine, who was born and raised in Surigao del Norte but now based in Bohol, ended in Calamcam Beach in the Municipality of Talisayan, 24-kilometers east of Balingoan.
He swam a total of 23.51 kilometers and finished it in seven hours and 47 minutes.
But Macarine didn’t mind the extra distance.
“I had to finish that swim no matter what,” said the lawyer and environmentalist of his open-water swim done to promote peace in Marawi City. “I was expecting a calmer sea but I was wrong. Nevertheless, I was able to finish it and accomplish my mission to promote peace in Marawi.”
It was the 28th successful open-water swim for Macarine, which he did just a month after he crossed the Hudson River in New York, USA.
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