Mumbai cop, family set record by swimming 16-km from Elephanta to Gateway of India

Updated: 17 November, 2020 15:07 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

Head constable Sukhadeo Dhurve, 46, along with his family - wife Vaishali, 17-year-old son Sarthak and 9-year-old daughter Tanvi - made a place in Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records

Gateway of India
Gateway of India

A Mumbai police constable, who is part of the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS), led his family in completing a relay swimming expedition from Elephanta to Gateway of India.

Head constable Sukhadeo Dhurve, 46, along with his family – wife Vaishali, 17-year-old son Sarthak and 9-year-old daughter Tanvi – made a place in Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records by covering a distance of 16-km in 4 hours and 31 minutes, according to a report in Times of India.

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In 2009, Sukhadeo has earned the title of ‘world’s fastest tribal swimmer’ for crossing Strait of Gibraltar in Spain in 4 hours and 45 minutes.

Now, the family is gearing up to cross the English Channel and Palk Strait. “Our family bonds over a common dream to take our national flag higher in adventure swimming,” Sukhadeo was quoted as saying.

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Sukhadeo discovered his love for the sport when he used to swim in small ponds near Nagpur. He got a job in the police force in 1997 through sports quota. His first recognition was when he swam a distance of 35-km from Dharamtar to Gateway of India in 9 hours and 18 minutes.

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First Published: 17 November, 2020 14:42 IST

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