EP 3: Swimmer Ridzwan Rahim

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By June Ramli


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Swimming The Distance

Welcome to another 30 mins with the DailyStraits.com podcast series. Today we would like to feature a story on tenacity.

Ridzwan Rahim went against the odds to realise his dream of swimming through the Perhentian Island channel during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. 

After completing the swim last month, Ridzwan is believed to be the first person to have swam solo, non-stop and unassisted from the island to Besut in Terengganu, Malaysia.

For this swim, the former New Straits Times (NST) journalist covered a distance of 19.087km in 8hours 56min and 30secs.

Ridzwan was assisted by an eight-member crew, consisting of Abdul Razak Abdul Aziz (team leader and observer), Mohd Hafizuddin Amlin (kayaker), Damien Ong-Yeoh (crew member), Tsuyoshi Amzar Sawada (observer), Ariff Budiman Abdul Halim (photographer), Mohd Fahmi Zainal Aripin (drone videographer) and boat pilots, Wan Nor Hisham Wan Razak and Azrol Mohd Yusof.

The avid scuba diver has also written about his feat in NST, but for now, let’s listen to his no holds barred interview:

Ridwan Rahim speaks exclusively to DailyStraits.com

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