OPEN water swimmer Ingemar Macarine notched another feat on Sunday after he swam across the Surigao Strait from Sumilom Island to Surigao City.
Battling a strong current that forced him to change course five times and the presence of schools of jellyfish, the man known as the 'Pinoy Aquaman' completed the 10.99-kilometer stretch in three hours and 37 minutes.
The 39-year old lawyer and marine conservation advocate said his swim was meant to raise awareness on marine environment, climate change and tourism in his home province of Surigao. Macarine is the only Filipino who is consistently swimming in open waters not yet swam. He is also a pioneer in solo channel swimming in the Philippines.
“All my swims are done to promote my lifetime advocacy for clean seas and beaches,” Macarine said.
For every swim, Macarine observes the Marathon Swimming Federation Rules that specify no floating aids of whatever kind, regular swim suits only and no physical contact with another human being or with accompanying boats.
The Surigao native is a member of several triathlon and running teams. He is a four-time Ironman 70.3 finisher in Cebu and other races in the US. He is currently the Election Officer of Tubigon, Bohol.
Macarine, a former varsity swimmer of Silliman University, was recently ranked 3rd on the annual “Man of the Year” Award by the World Open Water Swimming Association.