Four brave and adventurous swimmers will attempt to write their names down in the history books of Trinidad and Tobago as they will attempt to swim from Tobago to Trinidad early on Saturday morning.
According to colleague and part of the support team, Teheli Sealey said it has been a long-time dream of William Carr and through his vision, the swim team comprising of Carr, Patrick Lee Loy, Roger Watts and John Procope will begin the epic journey at 4 am near Magdalena Grand with the intention of touching land in Trinidad in the Grande Riviere district about 12-15 hours later.
In August 2017, former president of the Public Services Association Watson Duke unsuccessfully made an attempt to swim from Trinidad to Tobago to highlight the woes and issues experienced on the sea bridge at the time.
"This swim is by no means an easy feat and has been attempted in the past without completion," Sealey said.
"This swim was last attempted in 2013 by swimmers Gordon Borde, Jeffrey Ferdinand and Tony Leavitt. They completed 75 per cent of the journey before they were pulled out by the Coast Guard as they were at risk of swimming into nightfall," she added.
For the current team, high tides, weather conditions, nutrition, training and marine life are just a few of the challenges they shall face.
However, Carr and his team, as Sealey explained "believe that this is very possible and have been training for this historic event well before the pandemic hit our shores and the country went into lockdown."
"In spite of these setbacks, these determined swimmers found creative ways to keep their training ongoing – this swim which was originally carded for May 2021 but was delayed due to an overwhelming increase in COVID mortality cases and the country’s subsequent lockdown, this dream was shelved and later renewed when they were allowed permission to swim again in open water in late November 2021," Sealey said.
"Carr and team have meticulously planned out this vision and have spent as much time planning strategically as they have spent on their training," she added.
There is a support crew of approximately eleven members including a medical practitioner, support swimmers, support kayaker, support feeders, a drone operator for sighting or spotting any possible challenges ahead and two support vessels – one tug boat and a pirogue which will ensure that these swimmers stay on course and defeat the demands of Mother Nature such as currents.
The T&T Coast Guard will also be on hand giving surveillance.