ANNAPOLIS – A triathlete lawyer from Surigao del Norte who is known for taking on a dozen open water solo swim challenge, swam across the great Chesapeake Bay bridge, a major dual span bridge in the state of Maryland, spanning 4.3 miles.
Atty. Ingemar Macarine is the first Filipino to swim across the Chesapeake Bay, the second man in history.
In 1982, American Brian Joseph Earley was the only other person known to solo-swim across this bay, considered as the largest estuary in the world.
He started what is now known as the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, an annual open water race where only about 60 percent of the hundreds of swimmers finish the race.
On Tuesday, Macarine's solo swim record was 5 miles in 2 hours and 53 minutes.
"I'm so happy that I made it, of course, it's the first attempt to swim solo across the Chesapeake Bay," he said.
In 2013, 17 of the 600 swimmers in the race were pulled from the water due to exhaustion. One suffered from hypothermia.
Last year, a swimmer died after suffering a medical emergency.
"The current was ok, but malamig talaga ang tubig yun lang yun. Mahirap lang dito medyo malalaki yung alon, so I think I drank two liters of seawater during the swim," the Pinoy Aquaman said.
His wife Racquel is proud of him.
"I thank God that he made a safe and good swim today. I'm always proud of him, whether matapos niya yung swim niya or hindi niya matapos," she said.
Macarine swam non-stop from Terrapin Beach Park to the shore of Sandy Point State Park.
He only had three 10-second breaks to consume energy drinks.
But Macarine said it was all worth it to promote his cause.
"My lifetime advocacy is to promote clean seas and beaches in the Philippines. I hope this swim will inspire our countrymen, our Filipinos in the Philippines to care more for the environment especially our seas and beaches," he said.
Macarine is also the first Pinoy to solo swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco in 2014.
He said on his 39th birthday on June 14, he will take on the Eagleman Ironman Challenge in Cambridge, Maryland.
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