WATCH : Sri Lankan begins swimming to India

April 10, 2021 at 5:58 PM

Roshan Abeysundara of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has embarked on a challenging endeavor of swimming across the Palk Strait from Talaimannar to Dhanishkodi and back.

“He began swimming early this morning, he will complete and return tomorrow” an Air Force spokesman told NewsWire.

Though 14 swimmers have crossed the Palk Strait to date, the unique feat of swimming back had been undertaken by only one Sri Lankan before. Kumar Anandan did it in 1971, taking 51 hrs to complete the event.

Roshan Abeysundar is 32 years old and a product of Mathara Central College. An enlisted airman of Sri Lanka Air Force since 2008, he has successfully participated in various Adventure Sea- Swimming expeditions in Sri Lanka. With great determination he successfully completed Sri Lankan National Swimming record  of 49km in 23hrs on 26 Mar 21.