Japanese swimmer Shoichi Nakajima yesterday (Wednesday) had to give up his attempt to corss the Malacca Straits when he had just a few miles to go.
Japanese swimmer Shoichi Nakajima yesterday (Wednesday) had to give up his attempt to corss the Malacca Straits when he had just a few miles to go. He said the water became too rough during the night for him to continue.
Wearing light trunks and goggles - and with a coating of white vaseline to protect him form the cold -- Nakajima set off the previous day form Indonesia's Rupat Island. He estimated it would take him 20 hours to cover the 30 miles across the Straits to Fort Dickson on the Malaysian coast.
A boat with an anti-shark net paced Nakajima's slow crawl and also kept the experienced long distance swimmer supplied with food and drink every two hours.
A swimming coach in Tokyo, Shoichi Nakajima has crossed nine well-known stretches of water around the world, including the English Channel in 1970.
When he arrived in Malaysia to prepare for the swim, the 28-year-old Nakajima said he wanted to cross the Malacca Straits "because no-one has ever dons so." And with Nakajima's failure, the famous Asian maritime passage remains unconquered.