SAN FRANCISCO - A Filipino lawyer dubbed as "Pinoy Aquaman" swam in the freezing San Francisco waters to promote his advocacy for cleaner Philippine seas this Christmas.
Ingemar Macarine, a 42-year-old lawyer from Bohol, swam from the Golden Gate Bridge to the island of Alcatraz. A fellow Filipino and an open water swimmer Lisa Amorao joined Macarine in the 6-kilometer swim.
Macarine, who is not used to the Bay Area's water temperatures, had to wear a wet suit during the pursuit.
"The last time I swam in the Philippines it was something like 80 or 90 degrees Fahrenheit. But this morning it was something like 53 degrees Fahrenheit," Macarine said.
It took the swimmers 48 minutes to reach Alcatraz, with kayak escorts accompanying them.
The global open water swimming community is a very close knit group of people, Amorao said, adding that she joined the swim for its "great cause."
After completing his Christmas swim, Macarine is now focused on his 3rd attempt at crossing the English channel. His previous attempts in 2016 and 2017 were called off due to bad weather.
But Macarine is determined to make history by completing the 21-mile swim.
"The English Channel...that's my dream, really, to become the first Filipino to swim the English Channel because it's considered the Mt. Everest for open water swimmers," he said.