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Oly Rush believes it will take him 30 hours to swim around the circumference of Grand Cayman

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April 11, 2022 07:19 AM ET

Oly Rush; Image source: Daily Echo

In a partnership with Plastic Free Cayman, a plasterer from Dorset in the United Kingdom is aiming to become the first person to swim around Grand Cayman.

Referring to Cayman’s waters as “shark populated,” the 37-year old swimmer, Oly Rush, will take on the 65 mile swim non-stop in an estimated 30 hours at the end of May. This will be done to help raise funds and help spread awareness of plastic ocean pollution.

“We are facing a huge battle against plastic and Oly intends to help by raising as much money and awareness as possible. The oceans are all connected and this is a global issue,” said Plastic Free Cayman.

In an interview with the Daily Echo, Rush said the following:

I have friends on Grand Cayman who have been helping and I wanted to spread the anti-pollution message to a new audience. I’ve been saving up for the swim and still haven’t found a main sponsor but still hope to raise as much money as possible. There are some big differences to the last swim including the sea temperature which will be about 27 degrees. This means it will be hot in the day but it’s good for night swimming. With the Isle of Wight swim I was able to use the tides to my advantage but there is no such assistance in Grand Cayman, so although the distances are comparable, the challenge isn’t.

Rush broke the round-the-Isle-of-Wight record in August last year, swimming 65 miles around in 15 hours and nine minutes, and will be logging hundreds of hours of swimming practice to prepare for his latest feat, according to the local environmental charity.

This will be the hardest swim that he has ever done.

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