Guwahati: After crossing the Catalina Channel in US in August this year, ace swimmer Elvis Ali Hazarika is now eyeing the 42-km-long Irish North Channel — from Ireland to Scotland — in July next year.
The former national swimmer from Assam announced this at press meet in Guwahati on Saturday.
Speaking with EastMojo, Hazarika said, “Catalina Channel was very hard to cross. We crossed it on August 15 and it was a very proud day for us. We have faced many tough situations like coming across sharks, whales, seals, dolphins and all the sea animals. It was very tough to swim, but luckily we have come over after crossing the channel and now we are planning to cross the Irish Channel next year on July 28. We will start from Ireland to Scotland and it is around 42 km.”
For this, the swimmer is planning to put on some extra weight as the water there will be very cold and they will need some fats to keep themselves warm. “We will be swimming soon in Bhimtal Lake, Nainital in the month of November. We are planning to practise there because of the cold water of the lake,” added Hazarika.
Hazarika will be accompanied by his partner Rimo Saha from West Bengal. This time, they are going to achieve the feat to spread awareness about saving the ‘one-horned rhinos’, which are endangered and on the edge of getting extinct. “There is a lot of hunting going on in Kaziranga and Manas, and every other sanctuary or animal parks, and we should be proud to say that we have got the one-horned rhino. Whereas, people are poaching them for personal needs,” said Hazarika.