AK Patel

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Gullupilli Narhari, Sergeant Ankan Kumar Patel, Leading Aircraftman Vicky Tokas, Assistant Sub-inspector Ganesh Palande, and Manav Mehta of The Sea Hawk relay team]] Ankan Kumar Patel is an Indian open water swimmer.


Patel is a member of Delphinus, a 6-person relay team that swam 286 km (177.7 miles) around the city of Mumbai, India in an event called Swimmathon. Delphinus started and finished at the Gateway of India between 28-30 October 2014 in a clockwise course in 49 hours 44 minutes.

Delphinus Team[edit]


The Swimmathon was the longest open water swimming relay in Asia with the goal to promote and popularize the sport of open water swimming in India and to commemorate the 82nd anniversary of the Indian Air Force.


The swimmathon was extremely challenging as the sea conditions were rough and swim was against current, besides other challenges of marine life like jellyfish and a very high level of water pollution in Thane Creek. Two independent observers from the Maharashtra State Amateur Aquatic Association were on board an escort boat to observe and ratify the swimming record. Mumbai is a triangular shaped island surrounded on two sides by the Arabian Sea, while the third side is Thane Creek.

Delphinus Records Set[edit]

The Sea Hawk Relay[edit]

Patel was also a member of The Sea Hawk relay, a team of 6 Indian open water swimmers who completed a charity swim on behalf of Project Nanhi Kali that supports the cause of education of the underprivileged girls in India. It was the longest open water swimming relay in history that completed 433.11 km from Dona Paula in Goa along the Konkan coast to the Gateway of India in Mumbai, India in 156 hours between 13-19 February 2015.

The Sea Hawk Members[edit]

Mumbai to Mangalore Relay[edit]

The 2016 Sea Hawk relay team of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Paramvir Singh, retired Indian Air Force Sergeant Gullupilli Narhari, Sergeant Ankan Kumar Patel, Indian Air Force Aircraftman Vicky Tokas, Mumbai police sub-inspector Shrikant Palande, 16-year-old Manav Mehta, swimmer-coach Rahul Chiplunkar completed a 1,031 km non-stop relay swim from the Gate of India in Mumbai to Mangalore in India in between November 16th and the finish on December 8th, a 22-day journey.

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