Saturday, February 24, 2007

Long distance swimmer begins campaign to swim across Maldives

Now Pugh crosses the Maldives - iAfrica
A swim to save the Maldives - Reuters Video

By Aminath Sulthona

Long distance swimmer, Lewis Gordon Pugh, who arrived in Maldives last Wednesday, has started his campaign to swim the breadth of the Maldives early this morning.
Pugh, 36, began his swim from Meeru Island Resort since the resort island is the one that’s located to the extreme west of the island chain. He plans to end his 160-kilometre (99-mile) challenge over nine days, completing it by arriving in Alifu Alif atoll Moofushi on the extreme east of the Maldives. The time frame was confirmed by Maldives Tourism Promotion Board’s Marketing Executive, Muraad Hassan.

Speaking to a Haveeru Daily reporter over the phone around 10:00am this morning, Muraad said that Pugh was at the moment approximately near Thulusdhoo or just passing the island. He said that Pugh’s swim was closely followed and monitored by a team on the boat, Nooranee 2. [Read More]

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