Filipino aquaman postpones attempt to swim English Channel

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Filipino long-distance swimmer Ingemar Macarine in his attempt to swim the English Channel.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Filipino long-distance swimmer Ingemar Macarine postponed his attempt to cross the English Channel Sunday.

In a Facebook post, Macarine said he stopped the swim for safety reasons.


The 33.8-kilometer English Channel is considered the "Mount Everest" for open water swimmers, starting in Dover, England and ending in the French coastline of Cap Gri Nez.

No Filipino has ever completed a swim through the channel.

Macarine attempted to swim from the starting point at Samphire Hoe Beach in Dover, England at 2:45 a.m. EST.

He will attempt to swim open waters again on Friday, Aug. 18.

Macarine was accompanied by pilot Eric Hartley of the Pathfinder Charter during his attempt.

Macarine, a lawyer, is an election officer in one of the towns of Bohol.

He previously conquered the historic Surigao Strait in 2016, which is known for its strong and crisscrossing currents.

Read more: Bohol’s Aquaman swims Surigao Strait for clean seas

He also made a record as the first Filipino to swim from Alcatraz Island Penitentiary to San Francisco City in California, United States, a 2.7-kilometer battle in one hour.