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Udupi: Handicapped and Handcuffed Swimmer Creates Record of Sorts


Udupi: Handicapped and Handcuffed Swimmer Creates Record of Sorts

Pics by Hemanath Padubidri
Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Feb 8: Prakash Kharvi, a handicapped swimmer from Kody Kanyana, who has two records under his belt, created a new record on Monday February 7, by swimming from St Mary’s Island to Malpe beach in about seven and half hours.

Both the hands of Kharvi, whose right leg has no strength, were bound in the back with the help of handcuffs, plunged into the sea water at  7 am. For seven and half hours, he swam against a choppy sea, and covered the distance of 15 kms, and reached Malpe at about 2.30 pm.



Prakash, son of Soma and Sharada Kharvi, had covered 25 kms distance between Hangarkatte estuary and Malpe beach in four and half hours on December 31, 2007. On December 31, 2008, he swam 56 kms from Gangolly estuary to Kodi Kanyana beach in seven hours.

Amidst bursting of crackers and congratulations from his fans and friends upon completion of the feat on Monday, Kharvi said he faced difficulty in swimming directly between St Mary’s Island and Malpe beach because of turbulent sea and heavy winds. He said he had to swim four extra kilometres because of these problems, but for which, the timing would have been much better.  “I am handicapped. Because of this, I was driven to achieve something in life. My father and friends inspired me in my quest. However, neither the government, nor the district administration, has recognized my achievements so far,” he revealed. He nurtures a hope of bagging a government employment.

Leading entrepreneur, Pramod Madhwaraj, who was on the spot to congratulate Kharvi, said that apart from extending help personally, he would try to secure a government employee for Kharvi. He expressed his dissatisfaction about the absence of people’s representatives or the officials of the district administration to encourage the spirited youth.

In the morning, Kota police station house officer, Mahesh Prasad, had extended best wishes to Kharvi before handcuffing him in the back.

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  • dr.damodara, kodikanyana

    Fri, Apr 8 2011

    many congratulations

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  • Devdas Salian, Hosabettu/Zirku Island Abudhabi

    Wed, Feb 9 2011

    Well done Mr. Prakash karvi. This is one of the great achievement from you and proud of our community and state. As a polio handicuffed, and handicapped, this way it is not easy to swim for seven hours in the dangerous sea. Really appreciated and hope for further records. Yes, i have seen in suvarna tv and thanks to Daiji, suvarna tv. State govt, and 14 patna should encourage and mutual co-operative for his requirements. Congratulations....prakash..keep it up. May God almighty bless you and your family.

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  • Clara Lewis, Kemmannu/Dubai

    Wed, Feb 9 2011

    Congratulations Mr. Prakash Kharvi, May the Lord bless you with good health, good luck

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  • Devdas Salian, Hosabettu/Zirku Island Abudhabi

    Wed, Feb 9 2011

    Well done Mr. Prakash karvi. This is one of the great achievement from you and proud of our community and state. As a polio handicuffed, and handicapped, this way it is not easy to swim for seven hours in the dangerous sea. Really appreciated and hope for further records. Yes, i have seen in suvarna tv and thanks to Daiji, suvarna tv. State govt, and 14 patna should encouarage and mutual co-operative for his requirements. Congratulations....prakash..keep it up. May God almighty bless you and your family.

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  • Judith L, Mumbai

    Wed, Feb 9 2011

    Congratulation Kharvi for the record swim. Remarkable feat worth seeing. It is unfortunate for the people who missed it.

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  • Desmond Jathanna, Mangalore/Bahrain

    Wed, Feb 9 2011

    Hats off to you!and Congratulations..

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  • kavi, al-jubail

    Wed, Feb 9 2011

    you are the real hero

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  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India

    Tue, Feb 8 2011

    Prakash is truly shining. Congrats to the ace swimmer.

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  • Sampath kumar, Moodbidri/Dubai

    Tue, Feb 8 2011

    Congratulation Mr. Prakash kharvi all the best

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  • EDWIN ARANHA, SHIRVA/KUWAIT

    Tue, Feb 8 2011

    Congratulations mr.prakash you are the WORLD NO ONE,I SALUTE YOU'

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  • Saleem Javed, Malpe

    Tue, Feb 8 2011

    Wonderful Achievement .This Prodigy Needs a Greater Encouragement .

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  • ISMAIL K PERINJE, PERINJE/YANBU-KSA

    Tue, Feb 8 2011

    Mr Prakash Kharvi,we salute you for your great achievement in odd conditions.But people's rep/politicians has no job to do here because your record achievement will not fetch them any vote.I am also not happy that dept of youth service and sports perssonel were also not present!I would like to congrat Mr Promod Madvaraj,bussinesman, who were the first man to recieve him up on the completion of this great swimming record.'MANASIDDARE MARGAUE EIDDE'District admin need to look in to the matter of Prakash on compassionate grounds.

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  • Jeevitha, Manglore

    Tue, Feb 8 2011

    jai ho Mr Prakash....all the best

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  • John L. D'souza, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 8 2011

    Great!!!Hats off to u. You r da man..Keep it up..

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  • Sharmila, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 8 2011

    ONLY RICH PEOPLE WILL GET NAME & FAME. THIS IS WHAT I HAVE SEEN IN THIS SOCIETY.

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  • Zameer H Khan, Udipi/Dubai

    Tue, Feb 8 2011

    Congratulation Mr. Prakash all the best

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  • CHARAN AMIN, MANGALORE/DUBAI

    Tue, Feb 8 2011

    Congratulations Mr. Prakash Kharvi.

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  • Suphala Shenoy, Mangalore/Singapore

    Tue, Feb 8 2011

    Dear Mr Kharvi,

    We Salute you!! You are a real HERO!!

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Tue, Feb 8 2011

    I saw him swimming on Suvarna TV.No one was there to greet him except some of his friends. Heartless people. If it had happened in Western Countries, BBC would have made him World famous.

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