International swimmer and police constable Sukhdeo Dhurve along with family members added another feather to his cap by swimming 16-km distance through relay between Elephanta to Gateway of India in Mumbai within 4.31 hours and registered their names in Asian Book of Records.
The adventure expedition started at 7.52 am from Elephanta and concluded at 12.25 p.m. at Gateway of India. First his Son Sarthak jumped into the sea followed by Sukhdeo himself, wife Vaishali and then nine year old daughter Tanvi. Prior to the expedition Sukhdeo offered prayers to the sea. Dr Sandeep Singh of Asian Book of Records, observer from Maharashtra Amateur Swimming Association Sunil Mayekar and Neel Labde, retired deputy district collector and advisor of Wamanrao Dive Charitable Trust Sudhir Dive, Dhanashri Dive, DIG (Mumbai) Krishnaprakash were present on the occasion.
In the final stage of expedition, Sukhdeo Dhurve reached Gateway of india at 12.25 p.m. As soon as he reached there he was welcomed by the officials of various sports organisers, social workers.
Nashik deputy director of sports Dr Jaypraksh Duble and secretary of Nagpur District Swimming Association Dr Sambhaji Bhonsale congratulated Dhurve and family. Officials of Maharashtra Amateur Swimming Association and social worker Vishal Bhagat and Jyoti Patel were also present on the occasion. Sukhdeo has claimed that they have become frist family from Asia to achieve this feat.
Wamanrao Dive Charitable Trust, Mihir Sen Swimming and Adventure Sporting Club, Nagpur City Police, Victorious Swimming Sorting Club, Dolphin, Swimming Club, Kamgar Kalyan Swimming Pool authorities helped Dhurves to complete the expedition successfully.